Periodic Reporting for period 2 - TopMechMat (Topological Mechanical Metamaterials)
Reporting period: 2019-08-01 to 2021-01-31
By overcoming this challenge, we will be able to provide materials engineers with design templates that allow them to fabricate a large variety of devices. Possible applications are signal filters for WiFi and 5G communications that allow for more bandwidth at lower power levels. Other applications could be enhanced vibration isolation of large industrial facilities to reduce noise emission, or in contrast, intelligent energy harvesting out of environmental noise. Just about anything that requires exquisit control of how waves travel through materials.
The overall objective is to further our basic understanding of topological band theory in the context of classical vibrations. Once we harness this design tool, the aforementioned device application could become available.