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Acousto-electric effect is a nonlinear phenomenon of generation of electric current in a piezo-electric semiconductor by a propagating acoustic wave. The generated electric current is proportional to the intensity of the acoustic wave and to the value of its electron-induced attenuation. The effect was theoretically predicted in 1953 by Parmenter. Its first experimental observation was reported in 1957 by Weinreich and White.

See also

Physical acoustics
Elastic waves


R.H. Parmenter, The acousto-electric effect, Physical Review, vol.89, pp. 990–998 (1953).
G. Weinreich and H.G. White, Observation of the acoustoelectric effect, Physical Review, vol. 106, pp. 1104–1106 (1957).

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