Anisotropic Metamaterials for Transformation Acoustics and Imaging

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 166)

Abstract

Metamaterials are becoming a prominent class of artificial materials that allow us to have very precise and specific optical properties. Its associated engineering flexibility opens up a wide range of applications and provides an effective route in molding the flow of energy. By drawing analogies between electromagnetic and acoustic wave frameworks, many concepts like invisibility cloaking and subwavelength imaging can be transplanted from electromagnetic to acoustic waves easily. However, we need quite different ways of constructing the artificial materials and devices for acoustics. Here, we show how anisotropic metamaterials can be constructed to control the constitutive parameters of the effective medium through positioning hard plates in different preferred directions. We will then use them to construct an acoustic carpet cloak, an acoustic hyperlens and a superlens as examples.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and Materials ScienceCity University of Hong KongHong Kong SARThe People’s Republic of China
  2. 2.NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC)University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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