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Section: New Results

Complex ordered and disordered media

There is a need of a better understanding of wave phenomena in complex media. From a physical point of view, a complex medium is typically a material where the propagation of the waves may be anisotropic and dispersive. These properties are generally the effect of a microstructure, that can be ordered (in e.g. photonic crystals), or disordered (light in the atmosphere, seismic waves). From a mathematical point of view, one can take into account exactly this microstructure or, at sufficiently low frequency, use effective models justified by the homogenization theory.

Enriched homogenized model in presence of boundaries for time harmonic and time dependent wave equations

Participants : Clément Bénéteau, Sonia Fliss.

We study the wave equation set in a periodic half-space when the period is small compared to the wave length. The classical homogenization theory enables to derive an effective model which provides an approximation of the solution. However it is well known that these models are not accurate near the boundaries. In this work, we propose an enriched asymptotic expansion which enables to derive high order effective models at order 1 and 2. Let us mention that the model of order 2 is particularly relevant when one is interested in the long time behaviour of the solution of the time-dependent wave equation. Indeed, it is well-known that the classical homogenized model does not capture the long time dispersion of the exact solution. In several works, homogenized models of order 2 are proposed for the wave equation in infinite domains. Dealing with boundaries and proposing boundary conditions for these models of order 2 were open questions. Our approach enables to propose appropriate and accurate boundary conditions for these models. This work is the fruit of a long time collaboration with Xavier Claeys (LJLL, Sorbonne University ) and a recent one with Timothée Pouchon (EPFL).

Interface homogenization

Participant : Jean-François Mercier.

In collaboration with Agnès Maurel from Institut Langevin and Kim Pham from the Department of Mechanics at ENSTA, we have developped interface effective models to describe acoustics and electromagnetic propagation through a scatterers array. The effective models are based on matched asymptotic expansions to account for the small thickness of the array. They consist of determined interface parameters involved in jump conditions for the fields.

1- In acoustics

Perfect absorption using sparse arrays of Helmholtz resonators

Thanks to an effective model derived to describe a periodic arrangement of Helmholtz resonators, the influence of the spacing on the resonance has been inspected. The strength of the resonance is found enhanced when the array becomes sparser, which provides a degree of freedom to control the radiative damping of the array without affecting the losses within each resonator. It has been used to design a perfect absorbing wall.

Scattering by arrays of open ended resonators

The previous study has been extended to cavities open at both ends. The effective model provides explicit expressions of the reflection and transmission coefficients, used to provide the relations required to produce zero reflection situation.

Effective transmission conditions across a resonant bubbly metascreen

The extension to resonant obstacles has been considered with the study of the acoustic propagation through a thin bubbly screen. The analysis is conducted in the time domain and preserves the non linear response of the bubbles. It provides an effective model involving a jump of the normal velocity coupled to an equation of the Rayleigh-Plesset's type for the bubble radius.

2- In electromagnetism

Perfect Brewster transmission by ultrathin perforated films

The scattering properties of an ultrathin perforated film, made of a material dielectric or perfectly conducting have been studied. Thanks to an asymptotic interface model, the Brewster incidence realizing perfect transmission is accurately described and is found to be significantly shifted from its classical value when the thickness of the film becomes subwavelength.

Effective transmission conditions for an array of locally resonant inclusions

The previous study has been extended to resonant inclusions of the Mie type. Among the interface parameters involved in the effective model, one is frequency dependent and encapsulates the resonant behavior of the inclusions. Our effective model is validated by comparison with results of full wave calculations.

Wave equation in a weakly randomly perturbed periodic medium

Participants : Sonia Fliss, Laure Giovangigli.

The aim of this work, which is at its first stage, is to construct numerical approximations of the solution of the wave equation in weakly randomly perturbed periodic media in order to propose transparent boundary conditions. We start by studying the effects of rare random perturbations of the medium. The perturbation is weak in the sense that it happens rarely but when it happens the correction is of the order of the initial coefficient. More precisely, we consider the solution of the time harmonic wave equation in a one-dimensional periodic medium, in which each period have a probability η to have its coefficients modified, independently of the other periods. We derive an asymptotic expansion of the distribution of the solution uη with respect to η and illustrate the convergence with numerical simulations. We also exhibit and implement approximated transparent boundary conditions for such a medium. We then extend the results to more general rare random perturbations. Currently, we are studying other random perturbations of periodic media such as a deformation by a random diffeomorphism with a stationary gradient.

Guided modes in a hexagonal periodic graph-like domain: the zigzag and the armchair cases

Participant : Sonia Fliss.

In this work, we study the wave propagation in hexagonal periodic media that are close to a graph domain. By using an asymptotic analysis, we exhibit situations where the introduction of lineic defects into the geometry of the domain leads to the appearance of guided modes and we show that the direction of the defect leads to very different properties of the guided modes. This work is done in collaboration with Bérangère Delourme (LAGA, Paris 13).

Stable perfectly matched layers for a class of anisotropic dispersive models

Participants : Eliane Bécache, Maryna Kachanovska.

We consider wave propagation in 2D anisotropic dispersive media in an unbounded domain described by Maxwell’s equations with an antisymmetric dielectric permittivity tensor and scalar magnetic permeability. Bounding the computational domain is required to obtain the solution. In order to do so, we use the perfectly matched layer (PML) technique. However, the PMLs exhibit instabilities connected to the presence of backward propagating waves. This work is dedicated to stabilizing the PMLs for this case.

Frequency domain wave propagation in anisotropic metamaterials

Participants : Patrick Ciarlet, Maryna Kachanovska.

In this work we address the question of theoretical justification of problems arising in the wave propagation in hyperbolic metamaterials. Such phenomena are described by anisotropic, dispersive Maxwell equations, which, in the frequency domain, correspond to a problem that is hyperbolic for a range of frequencies. For a particular case of such materials (highly magnetized plasmas), we prove the well-posedness of the corresponding model in the free space, providing a suitable radiation condition, as well as study its regularity and demonstrate the limiting amplitude and limiting absorption principles.

On the analysis of perfectly matched layers for electromagnetic waves propagation in anisotropic media

Participants : Eliane Bécache, Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Ben Dhia, Sonia Fliss, Maryna Kachanovska, Maria Kazakova.

This work consists of two parts. The first part is dedicated to the analysis of Cartesian Perfectly Matched Layers (PMLs) in the context of electromagnetic wave propagation in a 3D infinite anisotropic homogeneous medium with a diagonal dielectric tensor. Contrary to the 2D case some anisotropies lead to the existence of backward waves giving rise to instabilities of the PMLs in the time-domain and a lack of convergence in the frequency domain.

The second part examines the behaviour of the PMLs in the frequency domain in the case when in the time domain they give a rise to instabilities. This is the case e.g. for the 2D anisotropic wave equation. For this particular problem, we demonstrate that it is possible to choose the parameters of the PMLs (i.e. the configuration of the PML bounding box and the absorption parameter) to ensure the convergence of the PMLs in the frequency domain.

Maxwell's equations in presence of a conical tip with negative electromagnetic constants

Participants : Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Ben Dhia, Mahran Rihani.

This work is done in collaboration with Lucas Chesnel from CMAP at Ecole Polytechnique. We are interested in the analysis of time-harmonic Maxwell's equations in presence of a conical tip of a material with negative dielectric constants. When these constants belong to some critical range, the electromagnetic field exhibits strongly oscillating singularities at the tip which have infinite energy. In the 2D case of a wedge with critical electromagnetic constants, it has been proved for the equivalent scalar problems that well-posedness in the classical H1 framework is lost. Well-posedness can be recovered (in a non standard framework) by working in weighted Sobolev spaces and adding in the space the outgoing propagating singularity. We have shown how to provide such functional framework for 3D Maxwell's equations, when only the dielectric permittivity (but not the magnetic permeability) takes a critical value

Essential spectrum related to an interface with a negative material

Participants : Christophe Hazard, Sandrine Paolantoni.

The studies carried out in recent years about the spectral effects of an interface between vacuum and a negative material (that is, a dispersive material whose electric permittivity and magnetic permeability become negative in some frequency range) have been continued in two directions. On the one hand, the previous theoretical studies only considered the non dissipative Drude model. We showed in particular that the interface is responsible for various resonance phenomena related to various components of an essential spectrum. We have extended these results to the so-called Lorentz model (dissipative or not). On the other hand, we have explored the numerical approximation of the spectrum of a cavity partially filled with a Drude material by considering a two-dimensional scalar problem. We have investigated the numerical simulation of the three resonance phenomena associated to the essential spectrum of the cavity.

Computation of plasmon resonances localized at corners using frequency-dependent complex scaling

Participants : Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Ben Dhia, Christophe Hazard, Florian Monteghetti.

A plasmonic device with a non-smooth boundary can exhibit strongly-oscillating surface waves whose phase velocities vanish as they reach the corners. This work investigates in the quasi-static limit the existence of corner resonances, which are analogous to scattering resonances in the sense that the local behavior at each corner plays the role of the behavior at infinity. Resonant contrasts are sought as eigenvalues of the transmission problem with complex scaling applied at corners.

Towards non-local interface models

Participant : Patrick Ciarlet.

Collaboration with Juan Pablo Borthagaray (DMEL, Universidad de la República, Salto, Uruguay). Consider the equation div(σu)=f in Ω (plus boundary conditions), where the diffusivity is piecewise constant, and equals σi in Ωi (i={1,2}), with Ω1¯Ω2¯=Ω¯ and Ω1Ω2=. If σ1 and σ2 have different sign, well-posedness in H1(Ω) may not hold. This occurs when the ratio σ2/σ1 belongs to the so-called critical interval. When the interface has a corner, we have observed that this critical interval is shrunk if one replaces the standard H1-bilinear forms by corresponding Hs-forms (s(0,1)). However, the expense of computing the nonlocal interactions may be prohibitive in applications. Thus, our long term goal is to confine the non-local model to a neighborhood of the interface, while keeping the standard local model in the rest of the domain. A first step in this direction consists in considering the numerical solution of the fractional Laplacian of index s(1/2,1) in a bounded domain Ω with homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions. Its solution a priori belongs to the fractional order Sobolev space H˜s(Ω). Under suitable assumptions on the data, its solution is also in H1(Ω). In this case, if one uses the standard Lagrange finite element to discretize the problem, then both the exact and the computed solution belong to H1(Ω). We show how to derive error estimates for the Lagrange finite element solutions on both quasi-uniform and graded meshes.

Perturbed edge finite element method for the simulation of electromagnetic waves in magnetised plasmas

Participants : Damien Chicaud, Patrick Ciarlet, Axel Modave.

Numerical simulation of electromagnetic waves in magnetised plasmas is a challenging topic. We address the finite element solution of a time-harmonic model. With the classical method, the variational formulation has a poor coercivity which leads to an ill-conditioned numerical system and numerical instabilities. We propose a perturbed formulation to improve the conditioning of the system. Promising preliminary numerical results have been obtained.

Resonant wave problems in plasmas

Participant : Patrick Ciarlet.

Collaboration with Martin Campos Pinto, Bruno Després and Anouk Nicolopoulos (LJLL, Sorbonne Université). The modelling of resonant waves in 2D plasma leads to the coupling of two degenerate elliptic equations. The model is set over two regions, and involves a smooth, sign-changing coefficient α. The region where {α>0} is propagative, while the region where {α<0} is non propagative, and elliptic. The two models are coupled through the line Σ={α=0}. Generically, it is an ill-posed problem, and additional information must be introduced to get a satisfactory treatment at Σ. We define the solution by relying on the limiting absorption principle (the coefficient α is replaced by α+i0+) in an adapted functional setting. This approach relies on the decomposition of the solution in a regular and a singular part, which originates at Σ, and on quasi-solutions. It yields a well-posed mixed variational formulation with coupling. After the design of explicit quasi-solutions, numerical experiments can be carried out, which illustrate the nice properties of this new tool.