Zones of quiet in a broadband diffuse sound field

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The zones of quiet in pure-tone diffuse sound fields have been studied extensively in the past, both theoretically and experimentally, with the well-known result of the 10-dB attenuation extending to about a tenth of a wavelength. Recent results on the spatial-temporal correlation of broadband diffuse sound fields are used in this study to develop a theoretical framework for predicting the extension of the zones of quiet in broadband diffuse sound fields. This can be used to study the acoustic limitations imposed on local active sound control systems such as an active headrest when controlling broadband noise. Spatial-temporal correlation is first revised, after which derivations of the diffuse field zones of quiet in the near-field and the far-field of the secondary source are presented. The theoretical analysis is supported by simulation examples comparing the zones of quiet for diffuse fields excited by tonal and broadband signals. It is shown that as a first approximation the zone of quiet of a low-pass filtered noise is comparable to that of a pure-tone with a frequency equal to the center frequency of the broadband noise bandwidth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-302
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 24 Jul 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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