Experiments on Elastic Cloaking in Thin Plates

  • Author:

    N. Stenger, M. Wilhelm, and M. Wegener

  • Source:

    Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 014301 (2012)

  • Date: 3.1.2012
  • Abstract:

    Following a theoretical proposal [M. Farhat et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 103 024301 (2009)], we design, fabricate, and characterize a cloaking structure for elastic waves in 1 mm thin structured polymer plates. The cloak consists of 20 concentric rings of 16 different metamaterials, each being a tailored composite of polyvinyl chloride and polydimethylsiloxane. By using stroboscopic imaging with a camera from the direction normal to the plate, we record movies of the elastic waves for monochromatic plane-wave excitation. We observe good cloaking behavior for carrier frequencies in the range from 200 to 400 Hz (one octave), in good agreement with a complete continuum-mechanics numerical treatment. This system is thus ideally suited for demonstration experiments conveying the ideas of transformation optics.

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