From Nonradiating Sources to Directionally Invisible Objects
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The goal of this dissertation is to extend the understanding of invisible objects, in particular nonradiating sources and directional nonscattering scatterers. First, variations of null-field nonradiating sources are derived from Maxwell's equations. Next, it is shown how to design a nonscattering scatterer by applying the boundary conditions for nonradiating sources to the scalar wave equation, referred to here as the ``field cloak method.'' This technique is used to demonstrate directionally invisible scatterers for an incident field with one direction of incidence, and the influence of symmetry on the directionality is explored. This technique, when applied to the scalar wave equation, is extended to show that a directionally invisible object may be invisible for multiple directions of incidence simultaneously. This opens the door to the creation of optically switchable, directionally invisible objects which could be implemented in couplers and other novel optical devices. Next, a version of the ``field cloak method'' is extended to the Maxwell's electro-magnetic vector equations, allowing more flexibility in the variety of directionally invisible objects that can be designed. This thesis concludes with examples of such objects and future applications.
Directional InvisibilityInvisibilityMaxwell's EquationsNonradiating SourcesNonscattering ScatterersPT Symmetry
Optical Science & Engineering
Suleski, ThomasFiddy, MichaelDeng, Shaozhong
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2017.
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