Twisting Linear to Orbital Angular Momentum in an Ultrasonic Motor Articles uri icon


  • Liu, Jingjing
  • Li, Zhengwei
  • Ding, Yujiang
  • Chen, An
  • Liang, Bin
  • Yang, Jing
  • Cheng, Jian Chun

publication date

  • July 2022

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 8


  • 28, 2201575


  • 34

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0935-9648

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-4095


  • An ultrasonic motor built with a contactless meta engine block (MEB) is designed and experimentally demonstrated for twisting the linear momentum of sound emanating from a Helmholtz resonator-based metasurface into orbital angular momentum (OAM). The MEB is capable of hosting highly efficient excitations of eigenmodes carrying desired OAM whose Bessel acoustic intensity patterns are enhanced by over ten times compared to the incident wave. Thanks to this efficiency, bidirectional ultrasonic OAM is capable of driving loads at speeds up to 1000 rpm at 4 W and remarkable sound radiation torque levels. Moreover, the possibility of using arbitrarily shaped MEBs is also demonstrated by engineering its physical boundary condition based on an analytically derived criterion to guarantee the high twisting efficiency of man-made OAM. The results show how noninvasive driving of an ultrasonic motor can be made possible through appropriately designed momentum twisting, which opens the door to a new class of integrated mechanical devices solely powered by sound.


  • Materials science and engineering
  • Physics


  • contactless rotation; meta engine blocks; momentum twisting; ultrasonic motors