Cochlea's graded curvature effect on low frequency waves.

  title={Cochlea's graded curvature effect on low frequency waves.},
  author={Daphne Manoussaki and Emilios Dimitriadis and Richard S. Chadwick},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={96 8},
In the ear, sound waves are processed by a membrane of graded mechanical properties that resides in the fluid-filled spiral cochlea. The role of stiffness grading as a Fourier analyzer is well known, but the role of the curvature has remained elusive. Here, we report that increasing curvature redistributes wave energy density towards the cochlea's outer wall, affecting the shape of waves propagating on the membrane, particularly in the region where low frequency sounds are processed. 

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