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The extraordinary interest in electromagnetic Metamaterials is due to their unique capabilities to modify the propagation of the electromagnetic fields, which allows the design of innovative applications which were never before thought possible. Indeed, such "unique" features are at present being studied for the development of promising technologies with applications to several fields including public health, biomedicine, communications, security, aerospace, remote sensing, distributed monitoring, and public safety. Such applications, which cover the entire electromagnetic spectrum (from RF to optical wavelengths), include "perfect" imaging lenses with a negative index of refraction, cloaks of invisibility, miniaturized resonator antennas, thin frequency selective surfaces, as well as compact devices such as wave collimators, bends and rotators. However, it is well known that bandwidth and loss limitations represent an inherent drawback of many Metamaterial devices based on resonant structures. Accordingly, the availability of design techniques able to yield to Metamaterial-based broadband devices is of great interest from the scientific and industrial viewpoint.
Public health, Biomedicine, Communications, Security, Aerospace, Remote Sensing, Distributed Monitoring, and Public Safety.



Members of the ELEDIA Research Center are working on the development of several innovative devices based on metamaterials, including

  1. Multiband and wideband microstrip antennas exploiting Metamaterial substrates.
  2. Microwave and optical cloaking applications.
  3. Miniaturized field concentrators.
  4. Compact polarization rotators.
  5. Miniaturized beam splitters and collimators.
  6. Flat focusing lenses.

The research activities carried out in this area are specifically focused on the study, development, prototyping, and testing of innovative engineering applications based on the unique properties of electromagnetic Metamaterials with the purpose of bridging the gap between the already available theoretical results and the realization of reliable technologies.

Keywords: Metamaterials, Advanced Materials, Cloaking, Miniaturized Antennas, Wireless Communications, Biomedicine, Negative refraction.

See Also
  • E. Lier, D. H. Werner, C. P. Scarborough, Q. Wu and J. A. Bossard, "An octave-bandwidth negligible-loss radiofrequency metamaterial," Nature Materials, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 216-222, March 2011.
  • D.-H. Kwon and D. H. Werner, "Transformation electromagnetics: An overview of the theory and its application", IEEE Antennas Propag. Mag., vol. 52, pp. 24-46, 2010.
  • D.-H. Kwon and D. H. Werner, "Transformation optical designs for wave collimators, flat lenses, and right-angle bends," New J. Phys., vol. 10, pp. 115023/1-13, 2008.
  • G. Oliveri, E. T. Bekele, D. H. Werner, J. P. Turpin, and A. Massa, “Generalized QCTO for metamaterial-lens-coated conformal arrays,” IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, in press.
  • G. Oliveri, P. Rocca, M. Salucci, E. T. Bekele, A. Massa and D. H. Werner, "Design and synthesis of innovative metamaterial-enhanced arrays," IEEE International Symposium on Antennas Propag. (APSURSI 2013), Orlando, Florida, USA, Jul. 7-12, 2013.
  • G. Oliveri, "Improving the reliability of frequency domain simulators in the presence of homogeneous metamaterials - A preliminary numerical assessment," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, vol. 122, pp. 497-518, 2012.