Quantum revival for elastic waves in thin plate

Marc Dubois, Gautier Lefebvre, Patrick Sebbah

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Quantum revival is described as the time-periodic reconstruction of a wave packet initially localized in space and time. This effect is expected in finite-size systems which exhibit commensurable discrete spectrum such as the infinite quantum well. Here, we report on the experimental observation of full and fractional quantum revival for classical waves in a two dimensional cavity. We consider flexural waves propagating in thin plates, as their quadratic dispersion at low frequencies mimics the dispersion relation of quantum systems governed by Schrödinger equation. Time-dependent excitation and measurement are performed at ultrasonic frequencies and reveal a periodic reconstruction of the initial elastic wave packet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1593-1601
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Physical Journal: Special Topics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 May 2017

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