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Photonics
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hv photonics Article 1, 1 1 2 Sidra Batool * , Mehwish Nisar , Fabrizio Frezza and Fabio Mangini Department of Information Engineering, Electronics, and Telecommunications, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy; mehwish.nisar@uniroma1.it (M.N.); fabrizio.frezza@uniroma1.it (F.F.) Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Via Branze 59, 25123 Brescia, Italy; fabio.mangini@unibs.it * Correspondence: sidra.batool@uniroma1.it Received: 13 June 2020; Accepted: 23 July 2020; Published: 26 July 2020 Abstract: We studied a Spherically Radially Anisotropic (SRA) multilayer sphere with an arbitrary number of layers. Within each layer permittivity components are different from each other in radial and tangential directions. Under the quasi-static approximation, we developed a more generalized mathematical model that can be used to calculate polarizability of the SRA multilayer sphere with any arbitrary number of layers. Moreover, the functionality of the SRA multilayer sphere as a cloak has been investigated. It has been shown that by choosing a suitable contrast between components of the permittivity, the SRA multilayer sphere can achieve threshold required for invisibility cloaking. Keywords: anisotropic material; cloaking; polarizability; quasi-static model 1. Introduction Recently, electromagnetic cloaking has achieved great progress theoretically as well as experimentally. In addition to the optical regime [1–4], many applications have been considered for the microwave range of spectrum [3]. The first approach in this respect was the use of coordinate transformation to control electromagnetic waves. In this method, the object that has to be cloaked is virtually transformed into a point or a line. Using this transformation, the parameters required for cloaking coating, i.e., permittivity and permeability, have been derived. Based on transformation optics, the design of spherical cloak with isotropic multilayers has also been proposed [5]. Alternatively, another approach, called scattering cancellation and basic principle of scattering has been proposed [6–10]. This cloaking technique requires plasmonic metamaterials as a cloak medium. The scattering cancellation mechanism is very speciﬁc about the dimensions and material of the target object. The object dimension has to be small compared to operating wavelength, in other words, it can cancel the dominant scattering mode under quasi-static condition. Radially-dependent cloaking methods using anisotropic shells and coatings have also been investigated and employed for spherical and cylindrical shaped geometries [11–13]. Based on Mie theory, cloaking models using multilayer anisotropic spherical shells have also been developed [14,15]. Under full-wave analysis, the analytical solution of electromagnetic (EM) scattering by radially multilayered uniaxial anisotropic spheres placed in free space and all the ﬁeld expansion coefﬁcients are expressed in the form of spherical vector wave functions [16]. However, only the EM scattered by multilayered uniaxial anisotropic spheres is characterized and illustrated. Motivated by Pendry’s cloak for perfect invisibility, the interaction of electromagnetic waves with a coated anisotropic sphere, having radially anisotropic permittivity, as well as permeability, have been studied [13]. An effective medium theory for radially-anisotropic magnetodielectric coated spheres is proposed by Gao et al. [17]. They derive the wave equations for the coated sphere with dielectric and magnetic anisotropies in both the core and the shell. The scattering problem of an anisotropic Photonics 2020, 7, 52; doi:10.3390/photonics7030052 www.mdpi.com/journal/photonics Photonics 2020, 7, 52 2 of 12 sphere has been studied numerically and analytically for parametric studies using the concept of anisotropy ratio [18]. Kettunen et al. [19] have investigated how to achieve cloaking and magniﬁcation using a single anisotropic cylindrical and spherical layer based on anisotropy ratio. Naqvi et al. [20] considered this approach under the regime of non-integer dimensional space. More recently, the concept of mantle cloaking based on the concept of cloaking by surface has been presented in order to overcome the strict limitations and requirements that are mandatory for metamaterial cloaking [7,21]. Theoretical investigations of this cloaking technique with ideal assumptions as well as robust practical designs for 1-D, 2-D and 3-D geometries within FSS technology have also been developed [21]. The idea and practical realization of a broadband mantle cloak, formed by a subwavelength metasurface with both time- and frequency-domain analysis is proposed [22]. It is shown that drastic scattering reduction is achievable over a broad frequency range using active non-Foster mantle cloak. In this article, we present the model that calculates the effective permittivity and polarizability of a multilayer anisotropic sphere using the transmission line method under the quasi-static limit. When the condition of quasi-static approximation cases, the multipolar effects between the various anisotropic layers that form the spherical structure can no longer be overlooked. Due to these multipolar effects, several resonance peaks will occur at various wavelengths which depend on the thickness and material of the layers, making the anisotropic multilayer structure actually visible. Each layer has been considered as a different region and as having a distinct value of tensor permittivity. Laplace’s equation has been solved for each region and an analytic solution has been derived in the form of potential. It is considered that all permittivity components are positive and the whole structure is placed in free space with vacuum permittivity # . It has been shown that the whole structure can work as a cloak based on the contrast between radial and tangential permittivity components. All the solutions have been performed up to three layers and obtained results are in good agreement with previously presented works [23,24]. 2. Formation Let us consider a multilayer anisotropic sphere with radius a surrounding the isotropic inner core of the sphere shown in Figure 1. The radius of the outer layer is ﬁxed and equal to a and the internal radii may be written as [23,25]. N (k 1) a = a (1) k 1 The number of layers, N is an arbitrary number whereas k = 1, 2, 3......N. With excitation from external electric ﬁeld E = zˆ E, the solution that satisﬁes Laplace’s equation in an arbitrary k region isotropic layer can be written as [19,26,27] th F = B r cos f + C r cos f, (2) k k k whereas, for SRA layer, we obtained n n 1 k k F = B r cos f + C r cos f (3) k k k and: 1 # n = 1 + 1 + , (4) 2 # where # and # corresponds to the tangential and radial permittivity components, respectively. t r Photonics 2020, 7, 52 3 of 12 Figure 1. Geometry represents the anisotropic multilayer sphere immersed in free space. Let us consider a geometry composed of a (isotropic to anisotropic) multilayer sphere. Equation (2) represents the potential of N-layers structure for k isotropic subregion, and the consecutive th anisotropic layer is n n k+1 k+1 F = B r cos f + C r cos f. (5) k+1 k+1 k+1 By applying boundary conditions, we have F = F r = a (6) k k+1 k+1 ¶r ¶r k k+1 # = # r = a . (7) k k+1 k+1 ¶r ¶r The resulting generalized algebraic equations for the case of isotropic-to-anisotropic can be written in a matrix form as [28–31] ! ! B B k k+1 = [M ] (8) C C k k+1 where 1 M M k11 k12 [M ] = (9) (n + 1)# M M k k k21 k22 and: n 1 k+1 M = (2# + n # ) a k11 k k+1 k+1 k+1 n 2 k+1 M = [2# + (n + 1)# ] a k12 k k+1 k+1 k+1 n +2 k+1 M = (n # # ) a k21 k+1 k+1 k k+1 n +1 k+1 M = [# + (n + 1)# ] a . k22 k k+1 k+1 k+1 Photonics 2020, 7, 52 4 of 12 Similarly, the generalized propagation matrix for two adjacent anisotropic layers of the sphere, we obtained ! ! B B k k+1 = [P ] (10) C C k k+1 where 1 P P k11 k12 [P ] = (11) (2n + 1)# P P k k k21 k22 and: n n k+1 k P = [(n + 1)# + n # ] a k11 k k k+1 k+1 k+1 n n 1 k+1 k P = [(n + 1)# (n + 1)# ] a k12 k+1 k+1 k k k+1 n +n +1 k+1 k P = (n # n # ) a k21 k+1 k+1 k k k+1 n +n k+1 k P = [n # + (n + 1)# ] a . k22 k k k+1 k+1 k+1 The generalized propagation matrix for the case of anisotropic-to-isotropic layers is ! ! B B k k+1 = [Q ] (12) C C k k+1 where: 1 Q Q k11 k12 [Q ] = (13) (2n + 1)# Q Q k k k21 k22 and: n +1 Q = [(n + 1)# + # ] a k11 k k k+1 k+1 n 2 Q = [2# (n + 1)# ] a k12 k+1 k k k+1 n +2 Q = # n # a ( ) k12 k+1 k k k+1 n 1 Q = (2# + n # ) a . k12 k+1 k k k+1 When n = n = 1, all above generalized expressions are reduced into the isotropic k k+1 multilayer sphere [23]. 3. Special Cases Considering all the layers of the structure, we obtain the following relationship ! ! N2 B B 0 N = [M] [P ] [Q] . (14) Õ i C 0 i=0 When there is no reﬂected ﬁeld C in the inner region, i.e., C = 0. N Photonics 2020, 7, 52 5 of 12 3.1. Case-1 : For Number of Layers (N) = 1 When we considered the case N = 1, the whole structure is reduced only to innermost layer or core that consists of an isotropic sphere placed in free space and for that [P ] = 1 and [Q] = 1. The expression of polarizability may be written as [23]. 3V# M 0 21 a = , (15) Where V is the volume of the sphere (V = 4pa /3). From the deﬁnition of the polarizability, it is convenient to derive the formula of the effective permittivity of the stratiﬁed structure. # = # + (16) e f f 0 3# V The normalized polarizability of a dielectric spherical object in free space, by considering the case N = 1, we have (n # # ) 1 1 0 a = 3V# . (17) P 0 2# + n # 0 1 1 3.2. Case-2 : For Number of Layers (N) = 2 In case of N = 2, i = 0, 1, 2, 3, ..., [P ] = 1, the simpliﬁed solution of the above Equation (16) is ! ! B B 0 2 = [M] [Q] , (18) C 0 where ! ! 1 M M 1 Q Q 11 12 11 12 [S] = [M] [Q] = . (19) 3# M M (2n + 1)# Q Q 0 21 22 1 1 21 22 So, we have the polarizability of two concentric anisotropic sphere 3# V S 0 21 a = (20) a S and: S = M Q + M Q 11 11 11 12 21 3(2n + 1)# # 1 0 1 S = M Q + M Q 12 11 12 12 22 3(2n + 1)# # 1 0 1 S = M Q + M Q 21 21 11 22 21 3(2n + 1)# # 1 0 1 S = M Q + M Q . 22 21 12 22 22 3(2n + 1)# # 1 0 1 The normalized polarizability is 2n +1 (n # # ) [# + (n + 1)# ] + [# + (n + 1)# ] (# n # ) (a /a ) 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 2 1 a = 3 . (21) 2n +1 (2# + n # ) [# (n + 1) + # ] + [(n + 1)# 2# ] (# n # ) (a /a ) 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 2 1 Photonics 2020, 7, 52 6 of 12 The corresponding polarizability of a homogeneous dielectric sphere with relative permittivity # is (# 1) a = 3 . (22) (# + 1) Hence, the effective permittivity # for the sphere may be written as e f f ,p (# 1) e f f ,p a = 3 , (23) (# + 1) e f f ,p where 2n 1 # n [# (n + 1) + # ] + # (n + 1)(# n # ) 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 # = . (24) e f f ,p 2n 1 [# (n + 1) + # ] (# # n ) 1 1 2 2 1 1 3.3. Case-3 : For Number of Layers (N) = 3 For the case N = 3, the simpliﬁed algebraic equation may be written as ! ! B B 0 3 = [M] [P ] [Q] , (25) C C 0 3 where ! ! ! 1 M M 1 P P 1 Q Q 11 12 11 12 11 12 [M] [P ] [Q] = . (26) 3# (2n + 1)# (2n + 1)# 0 M M 1 1 P P 2 2 Q Q 21 22 21 22 21 22 The derived expression with many products can be made more convenient by introducing an arbitrary variable R, so [R] = [M] [P ] [Q] (27) and: R = (M P + M P )Q + (M 1P + M P )Q 11 11 11 12 21 11 1 12 12 22 21 3(2n + 1)(2n + 1)# # # 1 2 0 1 2 R = (M P + M P )Q + (M 1P + M P )Q 12 11 11 12 21 12 1 12 12 22 22 3(2n + 1)(2n + 1)# # # 1 2 0 1 2 R = (M P + M P )Q + (M 1P + M P )Q 21 21 11 22 21 11 2 12 22 22 21 3(2n + 1)(2n + 1)# # # 1 2 0 1 2 R = (M P + M P )Q + (M 1P + M P )Q . 22 21 11 22 21 12 2 12 22 22 22 3(2n + 1)(2n + 1)# # # 1 2 0 1 2 Moreover, the normalized polarizability is 3V# R 0 21 a = (28) 1 Photonics 2020, 7, 52 7 of 12 where a a a 2n +1 2n +1 2n +1 2 2 3 1 1 2 (A A A ) + (A A A )( ) + (A A A ) + (A A A )( ) ( ) 1 2 3 4 5 3 1 6 7 4 8 7 a a a 1 1 2 a = 3 (29) P a a a 2 2n +1 2 2n +1 3 2n +1 1 1 2 (A A A ) + (A A A )( ) + (A A A ) + (A A A )( ) ( ) 9 2 3 10 5 3 9 6 7 8 7 11 a a a 1 1 2 and: A = n # # 1 1 1 0 A = n # + (n + 1)# 2 2 2 1 1 A = (n + 1)# + # 3 2 2 3 A = # + (n + 1)# 4 1 1 A = n # n # 5 2 2 1 1 A = (n + 1)# (n + 1)# 6 2 2 1 1 A = # n # 7 3 2 2 A = n # + (n + 1)# 8 2 2 1 1 A = n # + 2# 9 1 1 0 A = (n + 1)# 2# 10 1 1 A = (n + 1)# 2# 11 1 1 0 A = # (n + 1). 12 1 1 So, for the next iteration N = 3, the effective permittivity # for the sphere may be written as e f f ,p a a a 2n +1 2n +1 2n +1 2 2 3 1 1 2 n # [(A A ) + A (A A )]( ) + n # [(A A ) + A (A A )]( ) ( ) 1 1 2 3 12 5 3 1 1 6 7 12 8 7 a a a 1 1 2 # = . (30) e f f ,p a a a 2 2n +1 2 2n +1 3 2n +1 1 1 2 (A A A A )( ) + (A A A A )( ) ( ) 2 3 5 3 6 7 7 8 a a a 1 1 2 4. Multilayer Sphere as a Cloak If we want to obtain a design rule for an ideal cloak, that is # = 1, which is already given in e f f the literature. We are considering a simpler approximative approach if the radius of the inner sphere vanishes. We are using these approximations in effective permittivities for every iteration, k ! N and a ! 0. Consider the iterative case of N = 2, the radius of the inner core of the sphere i.e., a = 0. k 2 Inserting this into Equation (25) # ! # n . (31) e f f ,p 1r 1 By choosing the anisotropy components such that # = k , # = (32) 1t 1 1r 2k 1 and then these chosen values are inserted into Equation (25). The resulting anisotropy ratio will be 1t = k (2k 1). For growing k, n ! ¥ which implies 1 1 1 1r # ! 1. (33) e f f ,p It shows that the SRA sphere works as a cloak. Similarly, for the case of N = 3, radius of the inner core a = 0 by using the above Equation (31), we have # = # n , (34) e f f ,p 2r 2 Photonics 2020, 7, 52 8 of 12 which implies # = k , # = . (35) 2t 2 2r 2k 1 Let us choose the permittivity components that satisfy the invisibility condition for an arbitrary k number of layers. th # = k , # = . (36) t r k k 2k 1 5. Numerical Results and Discussion In our manuscript, we numerically investigated the two different aspects of the multilayer anisotropic homogenization model. In the ﬁrst part, we observed that the normalized polarizability is a function of the N number of layers of the structure. For that, we plotted (18), (22) and (30). During our numerical test, we took the radius of an inner isotropic core equal a = 1, ﬁrst anisotropic shell a = 0.5, 1 2 second anisotropic shell a = 0.25. We used three layers derivation of the multilayer anisotropic model surrounding an isotropic core layer. For the validation of this model, we took the anisotropy ratio, it is n = f2, 3g such that, for two concentric SRA layers of the structure is n = 2 and n = 3 and vice 1 2 versa. We ﬁxed the following value of permittivities are # = f1, 2, 4, 6g. It has been used for a number of layers N = {1,2,3}, it has also been observed, that the polarizability of the spherical dielectric core, ﬁrst and the second anisotropic shell is a = 6.283, a = 1.500 and a = 1.189, respectively, shown p p p in Figure 2. Numerical results show the trend of the normalized polarizability approaches zero by increasing the number of anisotropic layers. In Figure 3, we described the behavior of inhomogeneous isotropic multilayer sphere. In this case, when permittivity of inner layer # = 2 and permittivity of cover layer # = 4, polarizability has more 1 2 weight as compared to the other case, when permittivities of cover and inner layers are # = 2 and # = 4 respectively. Hence, with an increasing number of layers in both cases polarizability approaches to a negative value. When N = 2, a similar pattern has been observed for both cases of outer layer permittivity, # = 4 and # = 2, respectively. We will continue inspecting this model of inhomogeneous 2 2 multilayer anisotropic sphere for cloaking applications. Polarizability =2, =4, =6(single Layer) 1 2 3 =2, =4, =6(2 Layers) 1 2 3 =2, =4, =6(3 Layers) 1 2 3 0 20 40 60 80 100 Figure 2. Normalized polarizability of isotropic core surrounded by the Spherically Radially Anisotropic (SRA) layers as a function of N number of layers, with the following parameters: # = 2; # = 4; # = 6; and anisotropic ratio is n = 1 and n = 3. 2 3 1 2 eff Photonics 2020, 7, 52 9 of 12 Polarizability -1 -1.05 =2, =4(no. of layers variable) 1 2 =4, =2(no. of layers variable) 1 2 -1.1 =2, =4(2 layers) 1 2 =4, =2(2 layers) 1 2 -1.15 -1.2 -1.25 -1.3 0 20 40 60 80 100 Figure 3. Normalized polarizability of the isotropic multilayer sphere as a function of the N number of layers, with the following parameters: # = 2; # = 4; n = 1 and n = 1. 1 2 1 2 In the second part, we investigated the cloaking behavior using anisotropic multilayer sphere. For the validation of this model, we took into account Equation (37) that shows the relationship between radial and tangential permittivity components required for invisibility cloaking. Both components were deﬁned as functions of k. The permittivity ratio becomes = k(2k 1). The invisibility cloaking condition is ! ¥, whereas k ! ¥. When we studied simultaneously increasing tangential permittivities and decreasing radial permittivities, it worked like an ideal cloak shown in Figure 4. 0.9 Cloak 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 0 20 40 60 80 100 rad Figure 4. The anisotropy ratios that make the intact radially anisotropic multilayer sphere invisible, Equation (37), plotted on a linear scale. Moreover, we also studied the coherent vision of the cloaking. We manufactured a model of the isotropic layer that is surrounded by a homogeneous anisotropic multilayer sphere using COMSOL Multiphysics (5.2 version). We described the potential distribution of the structure having different parametric values such as radius of the inner core a = 0.25 m, ﬁrst shell b = 0.5 m, second shell c = 0.75 m and vice versa. Similarly, the tangential permittivity of the outer shell is # = 8; second 1t eff tan Photonics 2020, 7, 52 10 of 12 shell # = 4; dielectric core # = 1, and the radial permittivity of the outer core is # = 0.008; second 2t 3t 1r shell # = 0.035; and dielectric core # = 1. 2r 3r We selected relatively moderate anisotropy ratios n = f15, 4.868g which are required to cloak the inner isotropic core layer of the sphere. Figure 5 represents the potential distribution of the structure in the xy-plane. The homogeneous multi-anisotropic layer makes the multilayer sphere invisible when observed from the outside. Due to simultaneously large radial and small azimuthal permittivity, the potential has a strong gradient at the origin, the structure is very sensitive to any perturbations near the origin. Figure 5. Potential distribution of a structure, where anisotropic multilayer sphere with tangential permittivities # = f8, 4, 1g and radial permittivities # = f0.008, 0.035, 1g were taken. 1t 1r 6. Conclusions In this paper, we studied the electrostatic response of the SRA multilayer sphere. A quasi-static mathematical model has been presented that calculates the polarizability and effective permittivity of the SRA multilayer sphere with any arbitrary number of layers. We obtained closed-form expressions for the effective permittivity and consequently, the polarizability. The model has been validated analytically by deriving the results that are already available in the literature for quasi-static approximation. In addition, the working of the SRA multilayer sphere as a cloak has been investigated. Cloaking is based on a certain relationship between radial and tangential permittivity components, that can make the whole structure invisible. Using only a single and thick anisotropic layer around the object that has to be cloaked, it is not possible to have the same value of permittivity everywhere inside the anisotropic shell. In our idea, we discretized a single layer and divided it into a ﬁnite number of layers. We assigned different values of permittivity corresponding to each layer and that described the discretization for each layer. Author Contributions: The authors S.B. and M.N. conceived of the presented idea. S.B. developed the formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims. and performed the computations. 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