Centre de Physique Théorique


Wednesday 23 January 2019

14h00 – 15h00, CPT, Amphi 5

Spectral theory and limiting amplitude principle for Maxwell’s equations at the interface of a metamaterial

Maxence Cassier (Institut Fresnel, Université d'Aix-Marseille)


In this talk, we are interested in a transmission problem between a dielectric and a metamaterial. The question we consider is the following: does the limiting amplitude principle hold in such a medium? This principle defines the stationary regime as the large time asymptotic behavior of a system subject to a periodic excitation. An answer is proposed here in the case of a plane interface between a metamaterial represented by the Drude model and the vacuum, which fill respectively complementary half-spaces. In this context, we reformulate the time-dependent Maxwell’s equations as a conservative Schr¨odinger equation and perform its complete spectral analysis. This permits a quasi-explicit representation of the solution via the ”generalized diagonalization” of the associated unbounded self-adjoint operator. As an application of this study, we show finally that the limiting amplitude principle holds except for a particular fequency characterized by a ratio of permittivities and permeabilities equal to −1 across the interface. This frequency is a resonance of the system and the response to this excitation blows up linearly in time. This is a common work with Christophe Hazard (Poems team) and Patrick Joly (Poems team).