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Glass invisibility cloak shields infrared

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 3 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Invisibility cloaks are slowly working their way down to shorter wavelengths--starting at millimeter long microwaves and working their way to the nanometer wavelengths of visible light. EETimes says we are about half way there--micrometer wavelengths--in this story about using chalcogenide glass to create invisibility cloaks in the infrared. Next stop Harry Potter style cloaks. Here's what EETimes says:

"Invisibility cloaks cast in chalcogenide glass can render objects invisible to infrared frequencies of light, according to researchers at Michigan Technological University...Most other demonstrations of invisibility cloaks have used metamaterials composed of free-space split-ring resonators that were constructed from metal printed-circuit board traces surrounded by traditional dielectric material. The Michigan Tech researchers...claim that by substituting nonmetallic glass resonators made from chalcogenide glass, infrared cloaks are possible too..."

This story also has some other details about how invisibility cloaks work and predicts further developments will eventually realize Harry Potter style cloaks. I'm still not convinced that such cloaks would really be undetectable, but at least its fun to read about how seriously these researchers are taking the adage: 'Any sufficiently sophisticated technology is indistinguishable from magic,' Arthur C. Clarke."

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