I was wondering, as my question suggests, that which kind of waves are more efficient in transporting energy, considering longitudinal and transverse waves. I checked out this post here, but didn't get a satisfactory answer.
What I think is that because for longitudinal waves, because the motion of particles is along the direction of energy transfer, it should be more efficient. This is because on the other hand for transverse waves, the elastic forces responsible for transfer of motion of one particle to the other would be at an angle and that seems less efficient.
In other words, for longitudinal waves both the force which transfers energy and the restoring force that pulls the particle back are not at an angle ( unlike transverse waves ).
I know that my reasoning is a bit vague which makes me unsure about this. I would be happy if someone can resolve this query of mine for a better understanding of the subject.