‘Cloaking’ a 3-D object from all angles demonstrated

By | January 30, 2012

http://xenophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/58094157_58094155-1.jpgResearchers have “cloaked” a three-dimensional object, making it invisible from all angles, for the first time.

However, the demonstration works only for waves in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

It uses a shell of what are known as plasmonic materials; they present a “photo negative” of the object being cloaked, effectively cancelling it out.

The idea, outlined in New Journal of Physics, could find first application in high-resolution microscopes.

Most of the high-profile invisibility cloaking efforts have focused on the engineering of “metamaterials” – modifying materials to have properties that cannot be found in nature.

The modifications allow metamaterials to guide and channel light in unusual ways – specifically, to make the light rays arrive as if they had not passed over or been reflected by a cloaked object. …

via BBC News – ‘Cloaking’ a 3-D object from all angles demonstrated.

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