Sound reproduction using the photoacoustic effect

Kaoru Yamabe, Yasuhiro Oikawa, Yoshio Yamasaki

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One possible solution for generating point sound sources in mid air is the photoacoustic effect: energy transduction from light energy to sound energy. The photoacoustic effect generates sounds from the alternate current components of air expansion due to the heat generated by light absorption of a material when light modulated with acoustic signal is radiated to a material. In order to confirm sound reproduction using the photoacoustic effect, the experiments to reproduce a pure tone and a musical sound is performed. In order to generate louder sound, the light from the halogen lamp is focused on a charcoal, which has high absorptive power since a charcoal is black and spongy. It is shown that a halogen lamp can be modulated with acoustic signal although the amplitude of higher frequency components is reduced because of the response speed of halogen lamp. Next, the experiments of sound reproduction using a halogen lamp and a charcoal were performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-61
Number of pages3
JournalAcoustical Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Halogen lamp
  • Photoacoustic effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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