Organizing Committee

Forward simulations of the propagation and scattering of transient electromagnetic (EM) waves in complex media are important in a variety of applications, such as radar, environmental and medical imaging, noninvasive detection of cancerous tumors, design of engineered composites such as metamaterials, communication and computation, and global climate assessment, among others. These applications involve multiple spatial and temporal scales, complex geometries, spatial and temporal heterogeneities, and stochastic effects at small scales.

Biological tissues are complex media with inhomogeneous and frequency dependent (dispersive) properties. Analyses of EM wave interactions with biological media is fundamental in many medical applications, such as noninvasive diagnosis techniques, and for advancing the quality of medical imaging in general. Characterization of EM wave interaction with natural media is of great importance for environmental remote sensing and global climate assessment. In recent years, there has been an upsurge in the design and development of new materials with tailored EM properties under the conceptual umbrella of metamaterials. These include, but are not limited to, ferroelectric materials, EM or photonic bandgap materials, low-loss magnetodielectrics, left-handed or double-negative media, low-k dielectrics, and surface plasmon devices. Engineered metamaterials have shown great promise as building blocks for devices with unique EM responses, from the microwave to the optical frequency range.

The applications above involve EM wave propagation in complex materials, and require solving the time-domain Maxwell's equations in the materials considered. In most cases, due to the presence of heterogeneities and complex geometries, it is impossible to solve Maxwell's equations exactly. Thus, the development and analysis of efficient numerical methods that are accurate, consistent, and stable is important for constructing reliable prediction tools for simulating EM waves in complex materials.

This workshop aims to bring together different scientific communities, including mathematicians, engineers, physicists, software developers and other relevant people, to disseminate current progress in their areas and develop potential collaborations to address challenges involved in the solution of the time-domain Maxwell's equations in complex materials through computational and experimental research with the broad aim of addressing and solving real-world applications.

Conformal FDTD simulation of the field due to a point source adjacent to an impedance-matched anisotropic gain medium coating a cylindrical target
(Image provided by Fernando Teixeira)
FDTD simulation of deep subwavelength waveguides at nanoscale based on coupled plasmon resonances of Au nanoparticles.
(Image provided by Fernando Teixeira)

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

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Workshop Schedule

Monday, June 25, 2018
8:30 - 8:55Registration - ICERM 121 South Main Street, Providence RI 0290311th Floor Collaborative Space 
8:55 - 9:00Welcome - ICERM Director11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:00 - 9:45Energy Stable Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Maxwell's Equations in Nonlinear Optical Media - Yingda Cheng, Michigan State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Energy based discontinuous Galerkin methods for complex materials - Daniel Appelö, University of Colorado Boulder11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Recent Advances in High-Order Simulations for Electromagnetics - Misun Min, Argonne National Laboratory11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:30 - 3:15A Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain framework for nanoplasmonics. - Claire Scheid, University of Nice11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:30 - 4:00Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 4:45Numerical Reduced Order Modelling for Wave Equations in Heterogeneous Media - Tom Hagstrom, Southern Methodist University11th Floor Lecture Hall
5:00 - 6:30Welcome Reception11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
9:00 - 9:45Finite elements for computational electromagnetism from a geometrical point of view - Francesca Rapetti, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Coulomb Force Effects in Multimaterial Continuum Plasmas - Duncan McGregor, Sandia National Laboratories11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method for Complex Media - Jinjie Liu, Delaware State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:00Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:00 - 2:45Recent Progress on Unstructured-Mesh Electromagnetic Particle-in-Cell Algorithms for Kinetic Plasma Simulations based on Discrete Exterior Calculus - Dong-Yeop Na, Ohio State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:45 - 3:15Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:15 - 4:00Time Domain simulation of thin panels - Luis Manuel Díaz Angulo, University of Granada11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:15 - 5:00Transparent boundary conditions for wave propagation in human lungs (joint work with P. Joly and A. Semin) - Maryna Kachanovska, INRIA11th Floor Lecture Hall
5:00 - 6:00Poster Session / Coffee Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
9:00 - 9:45Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) modeling of metamaterial structures - Costas Sarris, University of Toronto11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Numerical methods for light scattering problems in plasmonic structures - Camille Carvalho, University of California, Merced11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Recent advances on mathematical analysis and simulation of invisibility cloaks with metamaterials - Jichun Li, University of Nevada Las Vegas11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 12:40Workshop Group Photo11th Floor Lecture Hall 
12:40 - 2:15Break for Lunch / Free Time  
12:40 - 2:15WINASc Event11th Floor Conference Room 
2:15 - 3:00Incorporating Bianisotropy in Effective Models of Metamaterials - Derek Olson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:15 - 3:45Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:45 - 4:30Skewed World of Plasma-wave Modeling- Challenges and Solutions using Unconditionally Stable FDTD Methods - Shubhendu Bhardwaj, Florida International University11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:45 - 5:30Panel Discussion - Tom Hagstrom, Southern Methodist University; Misun Min, Argonne National Laboratory; Duncan McGregor, Sandia National Laboratories; Steven Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Vladimir Druskin, Druskin Algorithms; Costas Sarris, University of Toronto; Claire Scheid, University of Nice11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Thursday, June 28, 2018
9:00 - 9:45Real physics from "unphysical" simulations - Steven Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15An h-adaptive asynchronous spacetime discontinuous Galerkin method for TD analysis of complex electromagnetic media - Reza Abedi, University of Tennessee Space Institute11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Exponential recursion for Multi-Scale Problems in Electromagnetics - Matthew Causley, Kettering University11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:00Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:00 - 2:45Conservative Splitting Schemes for the PDEs in Metamaterial Electromagnetics and Fluid Dynamics - Dong Liang, York University11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:00 - 3:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:30 - 4:15Reduced order models, networks and applications to modeling and imaging with waves. - Vladimir Druskin, Druskin Algorithms11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:30 - 5:15 Asymptotic analysis of electromagnetic waves propagation in coaxial cables - Sébastien Imperiale, Inria, Paris-Saclay, Université, France11th Floor Lecture Hall
Friday, June 29, 2018
9:00 - 9:45Integral-Equation Modeling of Metamaterials and Plasmonic Systems - Theory and Practice - Homer Reid, Simpetus11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Polynomial Chaos for Dispersive Electromagnetics - Nathan Gibson, Oregon State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Reduced Basis Method- Recent improvements and applications to the Electromagnetic Wave Problems - Yanlai Chen, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:00Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:00 - 2:45Higher Order Globally Constraint-Preserving FVTD and DGTD Schemes for Time- Dependent Computational Electrodynamics - Dinshaw Balsara, Notre Dame11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:00 - 3:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:30 - 4:15Hybrid collocated-staggered and implicit-explicit FDTD techniques for the electromagnetic modeling of complex materials - Arne Van Londersele, Ghent University11th Floor Lecture Hall

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