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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2006 Sep;74(3 Pt 2):036621. Epub 2006 Sep 27.

Full-wave simulations of electromagnetic cloaking structures.

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  • 1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, USA.


Pendry et al. have reported electromagnetically anisotropic and inhomogeneous shells that, in theory, completely shield an interior structure of arbitrary size from electromagnetic fields without perturbing the external fields. Neither the coordinate transformation-based analytical formulation nor the supporting ray-tracing simulation indicate how material perturbations and full-wave effects might affect the solution. We report fully electromagnetic simulations of the cylindrical version of this cloaking structure using ideal and nonideal (but physically realizable) electromagnetic parameters that show that the low-reflection and power-flow bending properties of the electromagnetic cloaking structure are not especially sensitive to modest permittivity and permeability variations. The cloaking performance degrades smoothly with increasing loss, and effective low-reflection shielding can be achieved with a cylindrical shell composed of an eight- (homogeneous) layer approximation of the ideal continuous medium. An imperfect but simpler version of the cloaking material is derived and is shown to reproduce the ray bending of the ideal material in a manner that may be easier to experimentally realize.

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