The problem of harmonic wave propagation in an unbounded, periodically layered elastic body in a state of plane strain is examined. The dispersion spectrum is shown to be governed by the roots of an 8 × 8 determinant, and represents a surface in frequency-wave number space. The spectrum exhibits the typical stopping band characteristic of wave propagation in a periodic medium. The dispersion equation is shown to uncouple along the ends of the Brillouin zones, and also in the case of wave propagation normal to the layering. The significance of this uncoupling is examined. Also, the asymptotic behavior of the spectrum for large values of the wave numbers is investigated.

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