Asymmetric acoustic transmission through near-zero-index and gradient-index metasurfaces

Chen Shen, Yangbo Xie, Junfei Li, Steven A. Cummer, Yun Jing

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

150 Scopus citations


We present a design of acoustic metasurfaces yielding asymmetric transmission within a certain frequency band. The design consists of a layer of gradient-index metasurface and a layer of low refractive index metasurface. Incident waves are controlled in a wave vector dependent manner to create strong asymmetric transmission. Numerical simulations show that the approach provides high transmission contrast between the two incident directions within the designed frequency band. This is further verified by experiments. Compared to previous designs, the proposed approach yields a compact and planar device. Our design may find applications in various scenarios such as noise control and therapeutic ultrasound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number223502
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - May 30 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Asymmetric acoustic transmission through near-zero-index and gradient-index metasurfaces'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this