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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Mar. 29, 2010
  • pp: 6693–6702

A level-set procedure for the design of electromagnetic metamaterials

Shiwei Zhou, Wei Li, Guangyong Sun, and Qing Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 6693-6702 (2010)

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Achieving negative permittivity and negative permeability signifies a key topic of research in the design of metamaterials. This paper introduces a level-set based topology optimization method, in which the interface between the vacuum and metal phases is implicitly expressed by the zero-level contour of a higher dimensional level-set function. Following a sensitivity analysis, the optimization maximizes the objective based on the normal direction of the level-set function and induced current flow, thereby generating the desirable patterns of current flow on metal surface. As a benchmark example, the U-shaped structure and its variations are obtained from the level-set topology optimization. Numerical examples demonstrate that both negative permittivity and negative permeability can be attained.

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(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: October 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2010
Published: March 17, 2010

Shiwei Zhou, Wei Li, Guangyong Sun, and Qing Li, "A level-set procedure for the design of electromagnetic metamaterials," Opt. Express 18, 6693-6702 (2010)

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