Regular scattering patterns from near-cloaking devices and their implications for invisibility cloaking

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Original languageEnglish
Article number045005
Journal / PublicationInverse Problems
Issue number4
Online published22 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


In this paper, we consider invisibility cloaking via the transformation optics approach through a 'blow-up' construction. An ideal cloak makes use of singular cloaking material. 'Blow-up-a-small-region' construction and 'truncation-of-singularity' construction are introduced to avoid the singular structure, however, giving only near-cloaks. The study in the literature is to develop various mechanisms in order to achieve high-accuracy approximate near-cloaking devices, and also from a practical viewpoint to nearly cloak an arbitrary content. We study the problem from a different viewpoint. It is shown that for those regularized cloaking devices, the corresponding scattering wave fields due to an incident plane wave have regular patterns. The regular patterns are both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, the regular wave pattern betrays the location of a cloaking device which is an intrinsic defect due to the 'blow-up' construction, and this is particularly the case for the construction by employing a high-loss layer lining. Indeed, our numerical experiments show robust reconstructions of the location, even by implementing the phaseless cross-section data. The construction by employing a high-density layer lining shows a certain promising feature. On the other hand, it is shown that one can introduce an internal point source to produce the canceling scattering pattern to achieve a near-cloak of an arbitrary order of accuracy.