Metamaterials, a challenge for homogenization theory
Conference: CEM 2006 - 6th International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics
04/04/2006 - 04/06/2006 at Aachen, Germany
Proceedings: CEM 2006
Pages: 2Language: englishTyp: PDFPersonal VDE Members are entitled to a 10% discount on this title
Bossavit, Alain (LGEP, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
Metamaterials are crystal-like composites, derived by spatial translations from a generating cell, where highfrequency electromagnetic fields propagate in surprising ways at some frequencies: Negative refraction, "bending light the wrong way", refocusing of divergent beams into tightly parallel ones, are observed, and attributed to the fact that, at a spatial scale higher than the cell size, the composite behaves as a homogeneous material, but one with "emerging" properties, not possessed by any of the components.