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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2010 Feb;81(2 Pt 2):026602. Epub 2010 Feb 18.

Plasmonic cloaking for irregular objects with anisotropic scattering properties.

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  • 1Department of Applied Electronics, University Roma Tre, Via della Vasca Navale, 84-00146 Rome, Italy.


Here we extend the plasmonic cloaking technique to irregularly shaped objects with anisotropic scattering response. The scattering-cancellation approach to cloaking [A. Alù and N. Engheta, Phys. Rev. E 72, 016623 (2005)] has been extensively applied in the past to symmetrical geometries and canonical shapes. However, recent papers have raised some doubts concerning the fact that its use may not be as effective when dealing with strongly anisotropic and noncanonical geometries. Our goal here is to extend the plasmonic cloaking technique to irregular obstacles and to show that proper cloak design may provide a significant and uniform scattering reduction, independent of angle of incidence, position, and polarization of the illumination. We investigate how the volumetric effect of scattering cancellation provided by plasmonic media may drastically suppress the scattering for these irregular geometries independent of the illumination angle, and we shed some light on the physical mechanisms and the design rules at the basis of this cloaking technique when applied to objects whose scattering properties are dependent upon polarization and angle of incidence.

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