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The strange case of negative reflection

Meirbekova, B., Morini, L. ORCID:, Brun, M. and Carta, G. 2023. The strange case of negative reflection. Applied Physics Letters 123 (3) , 031704. 10.1063/5.0152603

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In this paper, we show the phenomenon of negative reflection occurring in a mechanical phononic structure, consisting of a grating of fixed inclusions embedded in a linear elastic matrix. The negative reflection is not due to the introduction of a subwavelength metastructure or materials with negative mechanical properties. Numerical analyses for out-of-plane shear waves demonstrate that there exist frequencies at which most of the incident energy is reflected at negative angles. The effect is symmetric with respect to a line that is not parallel to the normal direction to the grating structure. Simulations at different angles of incidence and computations of the energy fluxes show that negative reflection is achievable in a wide range of loading conditions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
ISSN: 0003-6951
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 October 2023
Date of Acceptance: 30 June 2023
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2023 15:00

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