Optical source transformations

TitleOptical source transformations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsN.B. Kundtz, D..A. Roberts, J.. Allen, S..A. Cummer, D.R. Smith
JournalOptics Express
ISBN Number1094-4087
Accession NumberWOS:000262200700007

Transformation optics is a recently appreciated methodology for the design of complex media that control the propagation of electromagnetic and other types of waves. The transformation optical technique involves the use of coordinate transformations applied to some region of space, providing a conceptual means to redirect the flow of waves. Successfully designed devices to date have made use of transformations acting on passive space only; however, the technique can also be applied when source distributions ( e. g., current and charge) are included within the space being transformed. In this paper we present examples of source transformations that illustrate the potential of these expanded transformation optical methods. In particular, using finite-element full-wave simulations, we confirm the restoration of dipole radiation patterns from both a distorted 'pin-wheel' antenna and a bent dipole partially occluded by a cylindrical scatterer. We propose the technique of source transformations as a powerful approach for antenna design, especially in relation to conformal antennas. (c) 2008 Optical Society of America