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Item Open Access A variational perspective on cloaking by anomalous localized resonance(Communications in Mathematical Physics, 2014-03-14) Kohn, RV; Lu, J; Schweizer, B; Weinstein, MI© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014.A body of literature has developed concerning “cloaking by anomalous localized resonance.” The mathematical heart of the matter involves the behavior of a divergence-form elliptic equation in the plane, div (a(x) grad u(x)) = f (x). The complex-valued coefficient has a matrix-shell-core geometry, with real part equal to 1 in the matrix and the core, and −1 in the shell; one is interested in understanding the resonant behavior of the solution as the imaginary part of a(x) decreases to zero (so that ellipticity is lost). Most analytical work in this area has relied on separation of variables, and has therefore been restricted to radial geometries. We introduce a new approach based on a pair of dual variational principles, and apply it to some non-radial examples. In our examples, as in the radial setting, the spatial location of the source f plays a crucial role in determining whether or not resonance occurs.Item Open Access Wavepackets in inhomogeneous periodic media: effective particle-field dynamics and Berry curvature(2017-04-23) Watson, AB; Lu, J; Weinstein, MIWe consider a model of an electron in a crystal moving under the influence of an external electric field: Schr\"{o}dinger's equation with a potential which is the sum of a periodic function and a general smooth function. We identify two dimensionless parameters: (re-scaled) Planck's constant and the ratio of the lattice spacing to the scale of variation of the external potential. We consider the special case where both parameters are equal and denote this parameter $\epsilon$. In the limit $\epsilon \downarrow 0$, we prove the existence of solutions known as semiclassical wavepackets which are asymptotic up to `Ehrenfest time' $t \sim \ln 1/\epsilon$. To leading order, the center of mass and average quasi-momentum of these solutions evolve along trajectories generated by the classical Hamiltonian given by the sum of the Bloch band energy and the external potential. We then derive all corrections to the evolution of these observables proportional to $\epsilon$. The corrections depend on the gauge-invariant Berry curvature of the Bloch band, and a coupling to the evolution of the wave-packet envelope which satisfies Schr\"{o}dinger's equation with a time-dependent harmonic oscillator Hamiltonian. This infinite dimensional coupled `particle-field' system may be derived from an `extended' $\epsilon$-dependent Hamiltonian. It is known that such coupling of observables (discrete particle-like degrees of freedom) to the wave-envelope (continuum field-like degrees of freedom) can have a significant impact on the overall dynamics.