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Peter D’Antonio

Peter D’Antonio (Founder of RPG Diffusor Systems)

Peter D’Antonio was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1941. He received his B.S. degree from St. John’s University in 1963 and his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, in 1967. Dr. D’Antonio has specialized in a wide variety of scientific disciplines including spectroscopy, x-ray and electron diffraction, electron microscopy, software development, and architectural acoustics. In 1996, Dr. D’Antonio retired after 29 years of research in diffraction physics at the Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC. During his scientific career, Dr. D’Antonio published widely and was a member of the internationally renowned Laboratory for the Structure of Matter, headed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Jerome Karle. As a musician and recording engineer, Dr. D’Antonio maintained a separate concurrent career in the music industry. In 1974, he established the current standard for modern recording studio design at Underground Sound Recording Studio, Largo, Maryland, where he pioneered the development of the reflection-free zone (RFZ) concept and the reflection-phase grating (RPG) diffusor system. Dr. D’Antonio is president of RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc., which was founded in 1983 to carry out basic research in room acoustics and to develop designs and innovative number-theoretic architectural surfaces, to enhance the acoustics of critical listening and performance environments. Dr. D’Antonio has significantly expanded the acoustical palette of design ingredients by creating and implementing a wide range of novel number-theoretic and fractal devices, for which he holds many trademarks and patents. He has lectured extensively on architectural acoustics and his designs and diffusor systems have been used in over a thousand recording, broadcast, educational, performing and residential listening applications all over the world. Dr. D’Antonio has published numerous scientific articles in technical journals and magazines and his research is referenced in many acoustical texts. He currently serves as Chairman of the AES Subcommittee on Acoustic’s Working Group SC-04-02 for the “Characterization of Acoustical Materials”; is a member of the ISO/TC 43/SC 2/WG25 Working Group for the “Measurement of the random-incidence scattering coefficient of surfaces”; and has served as adjunct professor of acoustics at the Cleveland Institute of Music for the past ten years. His current research interests include surface shape optimization, performance acoustics and diffusion and scattering coefficient measurement methodology. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society, a member of CEDIA and Institute of Noise Control Engineering.

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