Source illusion devices for flexural Lamb waves using elastic metasurfaces

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  • Yongquan Liu
  • Zixian Liang
  • Owen Diba
  • Alistair Lamb

Colleges, School and Institutes


Metamaterials with the transformation method has greatly promoted the development in achieving invisibility and illusion for various classical waves. However, the requirement of tailor-made bulk materials and extreme constitutive parameters associated to illusion designs hampers its further progress. Inspired by recent demonstrations of metasurfaces in achieving reduced versions of electromagnetic cloaks, we propose and experimentally demonstrate source illusion devices to manipulate flexural waves using metasurfaces. The approach is particularly useful for elastic waves due to the lack of form-invariance in usual transformation methods. We demonstrate metasurfaces for shifting, transforming and splitting a point source with "space-coiling" structures. The effects are found to be broadband and robust against a change of source position, with agreement from numerical simulations and Huygens-Fresnel theory. The proposed approach provides an avenue to generically manipulate guided elastic waves in solids, and is potentially useful for applications such as non-destructive testing, enhanced sensing and imaging.


Original languageEnglish
Article number034301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2017


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