Acoustic Imaging with Metamaterial Luneburg Lenses

Yangbo Xie, Yangyang Fu, Zhetao Jia, Junfei Li, Chen Shen, Yadong Xu, Huanyang Chen, Steven A. Cummer

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The Luneburg lens is a spherically symmetrical gradient refractive index (GRIN) device with unique imaging properties. Its wide field-of-view (FoV) and minimal aberration have lead it to be successfully applied in microwave antennas. However, only limited realizations have been demonstrated in acoustics. Previously proposed acoustic Luneburg lenses are mostly limited to inherently two-dimensional designs at frequencies from 1 kHz to 7 kHz. In this paper, we apply a new design method for scalable and self-supporting metamaterials to demonstrate Luneburg lenses for airborne sound and ultrasonic waves. Two Luneburg lenses are fabricated: a 2.5D ultrasonic version for 40 kHz and a 3D version for 8 kHz sound. Imaging performance of the ultrasonic version is experimentally demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number16188
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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