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oveiau, 10w efficiency, the mcchanica1 fragility of high1y Po. nology 24, 235501. https://doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/24/23/235501.
rous thermophone heaters, and an effective lack of receiv- Ahev’ A‘ E" Luna’  D" mg’ S" and Ba“ghma“’.R‘ H‘ 0010)‘ U“derWa'
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ ter sound generation using carbon nanotube projectors. Nano Letters 10,
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way into any practical commercial devices. Still, a few niche Aliev, A. E., Mayo, N. K., Baughman, R. H., Avirovik, D., Priya, S.,
use cases exist in which thermophones could outshine their Zfainetaite M- R-3 and Bi°tti'nan- l- 3- (29i4al- "igitetntai tnanagetnent
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ment where they can be run in their most efficient regimen Zarnetske, M. R., and Blottman, I. B. (2014b). Thermoacoustic excitation
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With Vaiiens aCtiVe heating eieinents being Pindneed “Sing Baughman, R.  Zhang, M.,gChen, Y., Lee, J. A., and Kim, s. I. (2515).
VLSI processes. New materials are being explored as more me- Alternative nanostructures for thermophones. ACS Nana 9, 4743-4756.
chanically robust thermophone elements, although freestand- i1ttP5=//d°i-°ig/ 10-1°21/nn507ii7a
ing CNT Sheets Currently remain the most efficient transduo Aliev, A. E., Perananthan, S., and Ferraris, I. P. (2016). Carbonized elec-
_ _ _ _ trospun nanofiber sheets for thermophones. ACS Applied Materials and
ti°n inatenai- Ti1enn°Ph°ne eneaPSniat10n Provides a means Interfaces 8(5), 31192-31201. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.6b08717.
of protecting the relatively fragile active material from harsh Arnold, H. D., and Crandall, I. B. (1917). The thermophone
environments but also results in a resonant device. This reso- :5 “//§’.°°‘5“’1‘:)  ‘I’: j‘(;"2‘;d' Ph}”““l Rem” 10’ "'38-
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. . . . Bell, A. G., and Tainter, C. S. (1880). On the production and repro-
known' me ablhty to generate Sound wlthout agny rfiechanl duction of speech by light. American Ioumal of Science 20, 305-324.
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nology to study for potential applications. However, modern Bouman, T. M., Barnard, A. R., and Asgarisabet, M. (2016). Experimental
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certainly not an end-all replacement for conventional de- doi.:12”{/1.::94:”61§8f£u may of mmm
vices. Indeed, an inspection of recent thermophone publica- Braun, F. (1898). Notiz iiber thermophonie. Annalen der Phyzik 65, 35s.
tions shows that most studies on the topic have been con- i1ttPS=//d°i-°Fg/ 10-1002/andP-13933010609
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biologists, sonar technicians, medical doctors, and many conduction and structural acoustic models for enclosed fiber array ther-
others is needed to highlight the various niche areas in which ‘;‘;l;h1‘:“°5‘ /Z'“.]"“"1";’)l1”1f2il/‘j  S"“”’}’ "f A’””““ 142’ 3187'
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