Transformation devices: carpets in space and space-time

Por • 25 nov, 2013 • Sección: Opinion

Paul Kinsler, Martin W. McCall

Abstract: Here we extend the theory of space-time or event cloaking into that based on the carpet or ground-plane reflective surface. Further, by recasting and generalizing a scalar acoustic wave model into a new mathematically covariant form, we also show how transformation theories for optics and acoustics can be combined into a single prescription. The single prescription, however, still respects the fundamental differences between electromagnetic and acoustic waves, which then provide us with an existence test for any desired transformation device — are the required material properties (the required constitutive parameters) physically permitted by the wave theory being designed for? Whilst electromagnetism is a flexible theory permitting almost any T-device design, we show that the acoustic model used here is more restricted.

arXiv:1311.2287v1 [physics.optics]

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