PT -symmetric acoustics

Xuefeng Zhu, Hamidreza Ramezani, Chengzhi Shi, Jie Zhu, Xiang Zhang

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We introduce here the concept of acoustic parity-time (PT ) symmetry and demonstrate the extraordinary scattering characteristics of the acoustic PT medium. On the basis of exact calculations, we show how an acoustic PT -symmetric medium can become unidirectionally transparent at given frequencies. Combining such a PT -symmetric medium with transformation acoustics, we design two-dimensional symmetric acoustic cloaks that are unidirectionally invisible in a prescribed direction. Our results open new possibilities for designing functional acoustic devices with directional responses.
Original languageEnglish
Article number031042
JournalPhysical Review X
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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