Acoustic Beam Splitting and Cloaking Based on a Compressibility-Near-Zero Medium

Changqing Xu, Sibo Huang, Zhiwei Guo, Haitao Jiang, Yong Li, Ying Wu, Hong Chen

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We report an artificial acoustic compressibility-near-zero medium made of a phononic crystal composed of epoxy blocks arranged in a square lattice. Its anisotropic effective density leads to a linear cross in its isofrequency contour in the vicinity of the Brillouin zone center, as its effective compressibility approaches zero. When a Gaussian beam is normally incident on the phononic crystal, a splitting effect is achieved at the frequency of the crossing point. Based on such a beam-splitting effect, an acoustic cloaking of an irregular-shaped object embedded in the phononic crystal is demonstrated both theoretically and experimentally. Such an anisotropic zero-index material offers a potential method to control acoustic waves.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 16 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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