PDE Real Analysis Seminar

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Date, time & place Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 056Room #056 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)


10:30-11:30   Room #056 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Hoài-Minh Nguyên (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Some perspectives on negative index materials (English)
[ Abstract ]
Negative index materials (NIMs) are artificial structures whose refractive index has negative value over some frequency range. These materials were first investigated theoretically by Veselago in 1964. The existence of NIMs was confirmed experimentally by Shelby, Smith, and Schultz in 2001. New fabrication techniques now allow the construction of NIMs at scales that are interesting for applications. NIMs have attracted a lot of attention from the scientific community, not only because of potentially interesting applications, but also because of challenges in understanding their peculiar properties. Mathematically, the study of NIMs faces two difficulties. First, the equations describing the phenomenon have sign changing coefficients, hence the ellipticity and the compactness are lost in general. Second, the localized resonance, i.e., the field explodes in some regions and remains bounded in some others as the loss goes to 0, might appear. In this talk I will discuss various mathematics techniques used to understand various applications of NIMs such as cloaking and superlensing and to develop new designs for them.