The reflection of a time-harmonic Rayleigh wave by a high impedance obstacle in shearless contact with an elastic half-space of lower impedance is examined theoretically. The potentials are found by a function--theoretic solution to dual integral equations. From these potentials, a "reflection coefficient" is defined for the surface vertical displacement in the Rayleigh wave. Results show that the reflected wave is pi /2 radians out of phase with the incident wave for arbitrary Poisson's ratio. The modulus of the "reflection coefficient" depends upon Poisson's ratio, and is evaluated as r R = 0.265 for sigma = 0.25.

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