Acoustic coherent perfect absorber and laser modes via the non-Hermitian dopant in the zero index metamaterials

Zhongming Gu, Tuo Liu, He Gao, Shanjun Liang, Shuowei An, Jie Zhu

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In this work, we propose a simple scheme to realize an acoustic coherent perfect absorber (CPA) and laser modes by embedding a non-Hermitian dopant in a zero index metamaterial. When the dopant is filled with a loss medium at a specific level, the sample can absorb the incident waves completely. On the other hand, when the dopant is filled with a gain medium, the sample can act as a laser oscillator to boost the incident waves. The theoretical derivation based on the scattering matrix and the numerical simulation based on the finite element method are performed and both show good agreement with each other. We also discover that the CPA and laser modes are very sensitive and can be controlled by adjusting the structure parameters or the relative phase of the incident waves. Moreover, the case that asymmetric incidences have different beam widths is considered. We envision that our work may have potential applications in designing acoustic devices, such as absorbers, transducers, and receivers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number234901
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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