Duke Scientists Make an Object "Invisible"

Researchers at Duke University have made an object invisible by bending light around it.


I will not, under any conditions, make some snarky Harry Potter quips here. Nor will I descend in to Star Trek analogies or Star Wars references.

What I will say is that scientists from Duke University have made history by making a cylinder disappear from a certain perspective by essentially bending light around the object. They managed to bent light around a 1 centimeter high, 7.5 centimeter wide cylinder without reflections.

“We built the cloak, and it worked,” said Nathan Landy, a graduate student working in the laboratory at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. “It split light into two waves which traveled around an object in the center and re-emerged as the single wave minimal loss due to reflections.”

One drawback from the research is that can only hide objects so small they are not visible to the naked eye.

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