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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 239–243

Toward a cylindrical cloak via inverse homogenization

Tom H. Anderson, Tom G. Mackay, and Akhlesh Lakhtakia  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 239-243 (2012)

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An effective cylindrical cloak may be conceptualized as an assembly of adjacent local neighborhoods, each of which is made from a homogenized composite material (HCM). The HCM is required to be a certain uniaxial dielectric-magnetic material, characterized by positive-definite constitutive dyadics. It can arise from the homogenization of component materials that are remarkably simple in terms of their structure and constitutive relations. For example, the components can be two isotropic dielectric-magnetic materials, randomly distributed as oriented spheroidal particles. By carefully controlling the spheroidal shape of the component particles, a high degree of HCM anisotropy may be achieved which is necessary for the cloaking effect to be realized. The inverse Bruggeman formalism can provide estimates of the shape and constitutive parameters for the component materials, as well as their volume fractions.

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(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(160.2710) Materials : Inhomogeneous optical media

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Original Manuscript: October 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2011
Published: February 9, 2012

Tom H. Anderson, Tom G. Mackay, and Akhlesh Lakhtakia, "Toward a cylindrical cloak via inverse homogenization," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 239-243 (2012)

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