Scientists say they are a step closer to developing materials that will render people and other objects invisible.
Researchers say they can redirect light around three-dimensional objects using metamaterials–artificially engineered structures created at a nano scale that contain optical properties not found in nature, according to an Associated Press report.
People see objects as a result of the light reflecting or scattering off them. This new mixture of materials has “negative refractive” properties that keep light from being absorbed or reflected by the object, allowing only the light from behind the object to be seen. Essentially, the material bends visible light in a way that eliminates the creation of reflections or shadows in much the way water flows around a stone. .. The research, which was funded in part by the U.S. Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation’s Nano-Scale Science and Engineering Center, could have broad applications, including for the military. – cnet