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Efficient near-field wireless energy transfer using adiabatic system variations

United States Patent

January 29, 2013
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Disclosed is a method for transferring energy wirelessly including transferring energy wirelessly from a first resonator structure to an intermediate resonator structure, wherein the coupling rate between the first resonator structure and the intermediate resonator structure is .kappa..sub.1B, transferring energy wirelessly from the intermediate resonator structure to a second resonator structure, wherein the coupling rate between the intermediate resonator structure and the second resonator structure is .kappa..sub.B2, and during the wireless energy transfers, adjusting at least one of the coupling rates .kappa..sub.1B and .kappa..sub.B2 to reduce energy accumulation in the intermediate resonator structure and improve wireless energy transfer from the first resonator structure to the second resonator structure through the intermediate resonator structure.
Hamam; Rafif E. (Cambridge, MA), Karalis; Aristeidis (Boston, MA), Joannopoulos; John D. (Belmont, MA), Soljacic; Marin (Belmont, MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
12/ 571,949
October 1, 2009
This invention was made with government support under grant number DE-FG02-99ER45778 awarded by the Department of Energy, grant number DMR-0213282 awarded by the National Science Foundation, and grant number W911NF-07-D-0004 awarded by the Army Research Office. The Government has certain rights in this invention.