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Vector Formulation

Denote the sound-source velocity by $ \underline{v}_s(t)$ where $ t$ is time. Similarly, let $ \underline{v}_l(t)$ denote the velocity of the listener, if any. The position of source and listener are denoted $ \underline{x}_s(t)$ and $ \underline{x}_l(t)$ , respectively, where $ \underline{x}\isdef (x_1,x_2,x_3)^T$ is 3D position. We have velocity related to position by

$\displaystyle \underline{v}_s= \frac{d}{dt}\underline{x}_s(t) \qquad \underline{v}_l= \frac{d}{dt}\underline{x}_l(t). \protect$ (6.3)

Consider a Fourier component of the source at frequency $ \omega_s $ . We wish to know how this frequency is shifted to $ \omega_l $ at the listener due to the Doppler effect.

The Doppler effect depends only on velocity components along the line connecting the source and listener [352, p. 453]. We may therefore orthogonally project the source and listener velocities onto the vector $ \underline{x}_{sl}=\underline{x}_l-\underline{x}_s$ pointing from the source to the listener. (See Fig.5.8 for a specific example.)

The orthogonal projection of a vector $ \underline {x}$ onto a vector $ {\underline{y}}$ is given by [454]

$\displaystyle {\cal P}_{\underline{y}}(\underline{x}) = \frac{\left<\underline{x},{\underline{y}}\right>}{ \vert\vert\,{\underline{y}}\,\vert\vert ^2}{\underline{y}}
\;\isdef \;

Therefore, we can write the projected source velocity as

$\displaystyle \underline{v}_{sl}= {\cal P}_{\underline{x}_{sl}}(\underline{v}_s) = \frac{\left<\underline{v}_s,\underline{x}_{sl}\right>}{\left\Vert\,\underline{x}_{sl}\,\right\Vert^2}\underline{x}_{sl} = \frac{\left<\underline{v}_s,\underline{x}_l-\underline{x}_s\right>}{\left\Vert\,\underline{x}_l-\underline{x}_s\,\right\Vert^2}\left(\underline{x}_l-\underline{x}_s\right). \protect$ (6.4)

In the far field (listener far away), Eq.(5.4) reduces to

$\displaystyle \underline{v}_{sl} \approx \frac{\left<\underline{v}_s,\underline{x}_l\right>}{\left\Vert\,\underline{x}_l\,\right\Vert^2} \underline{x}_l = {\cal P}_{\underline{x}_l}(\underline{v}_s) \qquad (\left\Vert\,\underline{x}_l\,\right\Vert\gg\left\Vert\,\underline{x}_s\,\right\Vert). \protect$ (6.5)

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