The propagation of elastic pulses in wires of circular cross section has been studied for conditions in which pulses having carrier frequencies ranging from 0.5 to 4.0 Mc were transmitted in wires having diameters between 0.1 and 0.2 cm. The pulses used in the experiments were shaped to have relatively narrow frequency spectra. At certain frequencies, herein called critical frequencies, pulses propagating in certain modes were observed to undergo pronounced distortion in which the peak amplitude of an affected pulse was reduced and the duration of the pulse was increased many times its original length. This pulse distortion associated with the presence of critical frequencies is shown to be caused by coupling between two modes of propagation. In agreement with predictions of the general theory of mode coupling, the critical frequencies are frequencies at which two modes of propagation have the same phase velocity.

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