The role of anisotropy in the Maxwell Garnett and Bruggeman formalisms for uniaxial particulate composite media

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Bernhard Michel, Werner S. Weiglhofer

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A particulate composite medium in which the host and the spherical inclusions are made of uniaxial dielectric-magnetic media with parallel crystallographic axes is considered. The polarizability dyadics of a single inclusion are obtained, showing in detail the significant role played therein by the degree of anisotropy of the host medium. The derived expressions are used to set up the Maxwell Garnett and the Bruggeman formalisms for homogenization of the particulate composite medium. Numerical results are presented to show that the degree of anisotropy of the homogenized composite medium (HCM) is a non-trivial function of the degrees of anisotropy of the constituent media. Shifts in axial and transverse Fröhlich resonances are also predicted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-240
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 21 1997


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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