We use integrated piezoelectric actuators and sensors to demonstrate the propulsive force produced by controllable transverse traveling waves in a thin plastic sheet suspended in air above a flat surface, thus confirming the physical basis for a flying carpet near a horizontal surface. Experiments are conducted to determine the dependence of the force on the height above the ground and the amplitude of the traveling wave, which qualitatively confirm previous theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 12 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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