Time interfaces in bianisotropic media

M. S. Mirmoosa, M. H. Mostafa*, A. Norrman, S. A. Tretyakov

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Abstract

Wave phenomena in bianisotropic media have been broadly scrutinized in classical electrodynamics because these media offer additional degrees of freedom to engineer electromagnetic waves. However, the majority of investigations concerning such systems have so far been limited to stationary (time-invariant) media. Temporally varying the magnetoelectric coupling manifesting bianisotropy engenders a unique prospect to manipulate wave-matter interactions in new ways. In this paper, we theoretically contemplate electromagnetic effects in weakly dispersive bianisotropic media of all classes when the corresponding magnetoelectric coupling parameter suddenly jumps in time, creating a time interface in spatially uniform bianisotropic media. We investigate scattering effects at such time interfaces, revealing novel polarization- and direction-dependent phenomena. Some of these phenomena are validated through the use of simulation software. We anticipate that our work paves the road for further exploration of time-varying bianisotropic metamaterials (metasurfaces) and bianisotropic photonic time crystals, thus opening up interesting possibilities to control wave polarization and amplitude in reciprocal and nonreciprocal manners.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013334
Number of pages13
JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW RESEARCH
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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