This program supports basic research on optical and acoustic metamaterials to control light and sound propagation over a large frequency range. The program supports the development of new materials and architectures to overcome challenges associated with loss, bandwidth and scalability. Advances in this area are coordinated with applied signature programs. This work supports the Navy’s interest in advanced sea platform survivability science and technology.

Research Concentration Areas

  • New concepts at visible and infrared wavelengths, and demonstrate novel techniques for their realization over large areas
  • Novel materials and structures that achieve subwavelength spatial control of sound propagation in water at audible frequencies

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Non-metallic materials which simultaneously display negative permeability and permittivity at visible/near-IR wavelengths
  • Novel fabrication methods to produce large area samples
  • Nonlinear materials with tunable electromagnetic properties
  • Active and reconfigurable acoustic metamaterials
  • Water-based pentamode materials and inertial metafluids
  • Computational tools and experimental techniques for water-based parameter extraction

UPDATED: November 2020

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Mark Spector

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

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How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.

  • Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
  • Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.

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