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Andres Larraza
Associate Professor
Mail Code: PH/La
Department of Physics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831 656-3007
Email: larraza (at)
PhD - UCLA, 1987
MS - UCLA, 1982
BS - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1980
  • 6/99 -present Associate Professor of Physics
  • 10/94 - 6/99 Assistant Professor of Physics
  • 10/89 - 9/94 Research Assistant Professor
  • 7/88 - 9/89 NRC Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 11/1999 - 10/2001 - Chief Scientist CommPlexus Corporation
  • 08/1997 - present - Adjunct Professor of Physics University of Mississippi
  • 09/1987 - 06/1988 - Postdoctoral Fellow Condensed Matter Group Department of Physics, University of Toronto
  • My areas of research are wave turbulence, nonlinear acoustics and optics, acoustic analogs to electromagnetic zero-point field effects, acoustic communications, and acoustic room de-reverberation. The main emphasis of my work is to gain an understanding of fundamentally new and general behavior of linear and nonlinear waves and broadband noise. I accomplish this by performing analytical, experimental, and numerical investigations of particular systems.
  • In addition to addressing fundamental behavior, my research is geared towards applications. For example, we are developing an all-optical AM-FM signal conversion for applications in tunable lasers. The acoustic analogs to electromagnetic zero point field effects can lead to novel broadband noise transducers, non-resonant acoustic levitation, acoustic-induced drag, and acoustophoresis. The acoustics communication research emphasizes underwater acoustic communications.
  • A. Larraza and G. Falkovich, Collective modes in open systems of nonlinear random waves, Phys. Rev. B. 48, 9855-9857 (1993).
  • A. Larraza, B. Denardo, and A. Atchley, Absorption of sound by noise in one dimension, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 100, 3554-3560 (1996).
  • A. Larraza and B. Denardo, An acoustic Casimir effect, Phys. Lett. A 248, 151-155 (1998)
  • A. Larraza and E. Tucholski, Acoustic Einstein-Hopf drag on a bubble. Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 2378-2380 (2000).
  • M. Heinemann, A. Larraza, and K. B. Smith Acoustic communications in an enclosure using single-channel time-reversal acoustics. Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 694-696, (2002).
  • (Complete Publications List)

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