Diffuse sound field: challenges and misconceptions

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    Diffuse sound field is a popular, yet widely misused concept. Although its definition is relatively well established, acousticians use this term for different meanings. The diffuse sound field is defined by a uniform sound pressure distribution (spatial diffusion or homogeneity) and uniform incident intensity distribution (directional diffusion or isotropy). In practice, reverberation chambers are assumed to be acoustically diffuse, and important acoustic quantities measured in there, i.e., sound absorption, scattering, transmission, and power, etc. However, the measured quantities vary tremendously in different chambers because the chambers are non-diffuse in variously different ways. Therefore, good objective measures that can quantify the degree of diffusion and potentially indicate how to fix such problems in reverberation chambers are needed. Acousticians often blend the concept of mixing and diffuse sound field. Acousticians often refer diffuse
    reflections from surfaces to diffuseness in rooms, and vice versa. Subjective aspects of diffuseness have not been much investigated. Finally, ways to realize a diffuse sound field in a finite space are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
    EditorsWolfgang Kropp
    PublisherGerman Acoustical Society (DEGA)
    Publication date2016
    ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-939296-11-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2016 - Hamburg, Germany
    Duration: 21 Aug 201624 Aug 2016
    Conference number: 45


    Conference45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2016
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