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Electromagnetic Metamaterials and their Approximations:
Practical and Theoretical Aspects

 September 22-25, 2008

CSIC Building (#406), Seminar Room 4122.
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Radu Balan University of Maryland
Dionisios Margetis University of Maryland
Eitan Tadmor University of Maryland
Gunther Uhlmann University of Washington
Michael Vogelius Rutgers University


Recently there has been quite a flurry of activity concerning the use of so-called metamaterials for various optical and electromagnetic applications. One particular application has been ”cloaking”: to create a space that itself, together with any object occupying part of this space, is completely ”invisible” to electromagnetic (boundary) observations. One prominent approach to ”cloaking” is based on metamaterials obtained by clever use of ”push-forward” mapping techniques. As it happens, the same mapping techniques proposed by engineers and physicists to generate such metamaterials had previously been studied by mathematicians working on a geometric version of the Impedance Tomography Problem.

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The idea behind this workshop is to bring together selected (electrical) engineers, applied physicists and mathematicians, whose work have already had, or could very possibly in the future have implications as far as metamaterials and cloaking are concerned. Among electrical engineers and applied physicists this would of course involve people who have actual experience with the ”manufacturing” of such electromagnetic metamaterials. From the mathematical side it would naturally involve people whose past work have had significant impact on electromagnetic imaging problems – and the associated reconstruction limitations. Very interesting (and still largely open) areas of research involve:

(1) cloaking ”at all frequencies”, and furthermore not just for
time-harmonic Maxwell,

(2) the construction of efficient approximate cloakings, and

(3) a deeper understanding of the efficient ”manufacture” of such cloakings. Even though the above discussion
centers on cloaking and metamaterials obtained by mapping techniques, it would be quite natural to include other closely related subjects.

Two subjects that are on our “supplementary” list are

(1) materials with negative index of refraction, and their use in cloakings, and

(2) metamaterials designed to create other optical- or electromagnetic ”illusions”. The workshop will provide a forum to exchange and stimulate new ideas from different disciplines, and to formulate new challenging problems whose solution will have impact on applications.

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The program schedule is available here.

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A limited amount of funding for participants at all levels is available, especially for researchers in the early stages of their career who want to attend the full program.

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Name Affiliation
Radu BalanUniversity of Maryland
Oscar BrunoCalifornia Institute of Technology
Che Ting ChanHong Kong University of Science
Michael FisherUniversity of Maryland
Allan GreenleafUniversity of Rochester
Manoussos GrillakisUniversity of Maryland
Alexander KildishevPurdue University
Robert KohnNew York University
Matti LassasHelsinki University of Technology
Jensen LiUniversity of California, Berkeley
Dionisios MargetisUniversity of Maryland
Graeme MiltonUniversity of Utah
Aurelia MinutUS Naval Academy
Arje NachmanAir Force OSR
Daniel OnofreiRutgers University
Peter PetropoulosNew Jersey Institute of Technology
Thomas PhilbinMax Planck Research Group of Optics, Information and Photonics in Erlangen
Jim RalstonUCLA
Luis SilvestreUniversity of Chicago
Yonatan SivanTel-Aviv University
Igor SmolyaninovBAE Systems
Gunther UhlmannUniversity of Washington
Michael VogeliusRutgers University
Michael WeinsteinColumbia University
Arthur YaghjianAir Force Research Laboratory

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