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EPSRC Reference: EP/L024926/1
Title: Mathematical fundamentals of Metamaterials for multiscale Physics and Mechanics
Principal Investigator: Craster, Professor R
Other Investigators:
Movchan, Professor N Hess, Professor O Maier, Professor SA
Movchan, Professor A Jones, Professor IS Thompson, Dr I
Pavliotis, Professor G Pendry, Sir JB
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BAE Systems Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Department: Mathematics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 30 July 2014 Ends: 31 January 2020 Value (£): 2,551,402
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Continuum Mechanics Materials Synthesis & Growth
Non-linear Systems Mathematics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
06 Mar 2014 EPSRC Mathematics Programme Grants - Mar 2014 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Metamaterials are materials that are man-made and can have properties that no natural material could have, for instance light entering a metamaterial slab can be bent in the opposite manner to that which one would usually expect. This is not merely a scientific curiosity, it can have profound implications leading to sub-wavelength imaging, focusing, invisibility cloaks amongst other effects and this, in turn, can lead to materials with unexpected and novel properties. Much of the interest in metamaterials has thus far been in optics and electromagnetism, but it is clear that the underlying ideas should be applicable in other contexts such as elasticity, diffusion, structured materials, acoustics and even water waves. There is an abundance of important applications: designing thermal cloaks for keeping sensitive electronics cool, creating acoustic metamaterials for underwater stealth, wave by-pass systems for structural protection of buildings or key components, all of which are outside the optical context of metamaterials as they currently exist.

A key issue in creating a metamaterial is its design, normally as a periodic medium with a precise micro-structured geometry, and the frequency at which it operates.

As Metamaterials are beginning to achieve a certain maturity in optics the time is ripe to move this knowledge coherently into other fields, it is also timely to enrich Mathematics with the exciting conceptual problems created in Metamaterials and enrich the Metamaterials toolkit with sophisticated Mathematical techniques. This proposal aims to use the transformative tools and unifying ideas of Mathematics to move the physics of Metamaterials into research areas such as Elasticity, Acoustics, Structural Mechanics and Diffusion where Metamaterials have barely been investigated, but where there will undoubtedly be impact and applications. By working closely with Physicists it will enrich and empower the existing Metamaterials community by bringing sophisticated numerical and theoretical methods to the fore.
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