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Transformation Wave Physics

Electromagnetics, Elastodynamics, and Thermodynamics

edited by Mohamed Farhat, Pai-Yen Chen, Sebastien Guenneau and Stefan Enoch

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814669955
  • Subject: Electronic Materials
  • Published: September 2016
  • Pages: 454

The use of space–time transformations as a design tool for a new class of composite materials (metamaterials) has been successful recently. This concept is based on the fact that metamaterials can mimic a transformed but empty space. Light rays follow trajectories according to Fermat’s principle in this transformed electromagnetic, acoustic, or elastic space instead of laboratory space. This allows one to ultimately manipulate wave behaviors, with various exotic characteristics, such as (but not limited to) invisibility cloaks.

This book is a collection of works by leading international experts in the fields of electromagnetics, plasmonics, elastodynamics, and diffusion waves. These contributions promise to revolutionize the ways of controlling the propagation of sound, light, and any particular form of waves at macroscopic and microscopic scales. The potential applications range from underwater camouflaging and electromagnetic invisibility to enhanced biosensors and protection from harmful physical waves (e.g., tsunamis and earthquakes). This volume covers theoretical as well experimental, latest results from different areas, including emerging topical subjects such as transformational plasmonics and thermodynamics.