DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to a transducer which comprises an array of prestressed, mass-loaded, piezoelectric, low-frequency, transducer elements set within a housing, a thin alignment plate bonded to the planar radiating faces of the low-frequency transducer array, a pressure-release sheet bonded to the thin alignment plate, and a high frequency, planar, transducer array bonded to this pressure-release sheet. The high frequency transducer array in combination with its two backing layers forms an integral part of the low frequency transducer array during low frequency operation in addition to providing high frequency transmission and reception during high frequency operation. This transducer construction permits high transmitting and receiving sensitivities at widely separated frequencies.
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