Tectorial membrane: a possible effect on frequency analysis in the cochlea

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Science  11 May 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4393, pp. 639-641
DOI: 10.1126/science.432671


Mathematical analysis and computer and network simulations of the cochlea show that, given appropriate values of specific physical constants, radial shear motion between the tectorial membrane and the reticular lamina may provide the sharpening of frequency analysis observed in cochlear nerve fibers in comparison with the mechanical amplitude distribution on the basilar membrane. According to the analysis, the sharpening occurs through an interaction of the longitudinal mechanical propagation constant of the tectorial membrane with the wavelength on the basilar membrane.

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