The space-time acoustic wave motion generated by an impulsive point source in a solid/fluid configuration with a vertical plane boundary is calculated with the aid of the modified Cagniard method. Two types of sources are considered in detail, viz. (1) a point source of expansion (model for an explosive source), and (2) a point force parallel to the vertical interface (model for a mechanical vibrator). Numerical results are presented for the transmitted scalar traction in the fluid in those regions of space where head wave contributions occur. There is a marked difference in the time response observed for the two types of sources and for the different positions of the receiver in the fluid with respect to the position of the source in the solid. These waveform differences are important when the transmitted wave in the fluid is used to determine experimentally the elastic properties of the solid. Scholte waves are observed only when the source is close to the fluid/solid interface. As compared with the traditional Fourier-Bessel integral transform method of handling this problem, the computation time with the method presented here is considerably less.

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