Abstract

An analysis of the scattering characteristics of a chiral sphere covered with a metasurface is presented. The electromagnetic fields inside and outside of a metasurface covered chiral sphere are expanded in terms of spherical vector wave functions. The influences of chirality and surface impedance of a metasurface upon the scattering cross section are investigated. It is seen that a specific type of metasurface can be used to significantly enhance and diminish the back scattering cross section from a chiral sphere having a fixed value of chirality but different radii. It is also observed that a chiral sphere having chirality close to unity apparently cannot be cloaked using a lossless metasurface as compared to a dielectric sphere, both having the same electromagnetic and geometrical parameters. A comparative study of the scattering characteristics of metasurface covered realistic chiral and low-loss Teflon dielectric spheres is developed. It is found that a metasurface covered realistic chiral sphere can be used to significantly reduce the scattering as compared to scattering from a metasurface covered Teflon sphere at a specific angle, provided that both spheres have the same radii and surface reactance.

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