Elastic waves are reflected not only from discontinuities in the medium in which they are propagated, but also from transition layers in which the elastic constants are continuous functions of position; the coefficient of reflection is then a function of wave length. Section 1 of this paper gives explicit formulae for the coefficient of reflection of continuous waves from such a layer, at vertical incidence. In Section 2 the manner of variation of the coefficient of reflection with the angle of incidence is discussed qualitatively. Finally, in Section 3, the shape of a pulse reflected from a transition layer is determined.

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