Magnetic metamaterial superlens for increased range wireless power transfer.
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The ability to wirelessly power electrical devices is becoming of greater urgency as a component of energy conservation and sustainability efforts. Due to health and safety concerns, most wireless power transfer (WPT) schemes utilize very low frequency, quasi-static, magnetic fields; power transfer occurs via magneto-inductive (MI) coupling between conducting loops serving as transmitter and receiver. At the "long range" regime - referring to distances larger than the diameter of the largest loop - WPT efficiency in free space falls off as (1/d)(6); power loss quickly approaches 100% and limits practical implementations of WPT to relatively tight distances between power source and device. A "superlens", however, can concentrate the magnetic near fields of a source. Here, we demonstrate the impact of a magnetic metamaterial (MM) superlens on long-range near-field WPT, quantitatively confirming in simulation and measurement at 13-16 MHz the conditions under which the superlens can enhance power transfer efficiency compared to the lens-less free-space system.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1038/srep03642
Publication InfoLipworth, Guy; Ensworth, Joshua; Seetharam, Kushal; Huang, Da; Lee, Jae Seung; Schmalenberg, Paul; ... Urzhumov, Yaroslav (2014). Magnetic metamaterial superlens for increased range wireless power transfer. Sci Rep, 4. pp. 3642. 10.1038/srep03642. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/8312.
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James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. David R. Smith is currently the James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University. He is also Director of the Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics at Duke and holds the positions of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of California, San Diego, and Visiting Professor of Physics at Imperial College, London. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in 1994 in Physics from the University of California, San Dieg
Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
<!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]-->Dr. Urzhumov is Adjunct Assistant Professor of ECE at Duke University, and also a Technologist at the Metamaterials Commercialization Center of Intellectual Ventures. Previously a research faculty at Duke, he works on applied and theoretical aspects of metama
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