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Multiphysics Metamaterials - Theory and Engineering Applications

Lecturers: Giacomo Oliveri (UNITN/DICAM); Francesco Zardi (UNITN/DISI)

Timetable: June - July 2023

Course Description:
Metamaterials are materials exhibiting unconventional physical/mechanical properties that cannot be readily found in nature. They have a foundation in electromagnetics, but at the same time they have found wide applications in several engineering acoustics/electrodynamics/mechanics disciplines. The analysis and the synthesis of such materials, often physically realized as macro-scale aggregations of micro-scale/periodic arrangements of identical unit cells, requires sophisticated modeling and design methodologies that are currently at the edge of the research.
The course aims at providing the fundamentals of multiphysics metamaterials theory and concepts, along with an overviview of the most  effective analysis/synthesis techniques and their most appealing/emerging applications in advanced engineering fields. Applicative examples including exercises will corroborate the theoretical concepts.

Course Topics:
- Fundamentals and basic theory/concepts of multiphysics metamaterials;
- Volumetric and surface metamaterials (i.e., metasurfaces), soft/hard surfaces, periodic
  and quasi-periodic surfaces;
- Advanced modeling and simulation techniques for the analysis of periodic and
  quasi-periodic structures with a focus on Floquet modes theory;
- Advanced design techniques for the synthesis of innovative metamaterials in
  engineering fields;
- Applicative examples including exercises regarding specific engineering applications of
  multi-physics metamaterials.

[1] D. H. Werner and D. H. Kwon, Transformation Electromagnetics and Metamaterials,
    Fundamental Principles and Applications, Springer, 2014.
[2] J. Surjadi et al., "Mechanical metamaterials and their engineering applications,"
    Advanced Engineering Materials, vol. 21, no. 3, p. 1800864, 2019.
[3] A. Massa and G. Oliveri, "Metamaterial-by-Design: Theory, methods, and applications
    to communications and sensing - Editorial," EPJ Applied Metamaterials, vol. 3, no. E1,
    pp. 1-3, 2016.
[4] G. Oliveri, D. H. Werner, and A. Massa, "Reconfigurable electromagnetics through
    metamaterials - A review" Proc. IEEE, vol. 103, no. 7, pp. 1034-1056, Jul. 2015.

Duration: 32 hours ( 4 credits)

Registration: in order to access the course please send an email to dicamphd [at]