'Invisibility cloak' closer to reality as New York scientists unveil new device. Updated The magical "invisibility cloak" from the Harry Potter books has moved closer to reality.
Scientists at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses. Cloaking is the process that allows an object to become hidden from view, while everything around it appears undisturbed. "A lot of people have worked on a lot of different aspects of optical cloaking for years," professor of physics at the New York school, John Howell, said. Scientists develop super-thin invisibility cloak material. Researchers at UC Berkeley are a step closer to the fabled invisibility cloak we’ve all been waiting for.
The new study published in the journal Science details a new super-thin metamaterial that scatters light, effectively obscuring the object beneath the cloak. This cloak has several properties that were missing from previous invisibility materials, and it’s got other researchers (and the military) very interested. The cloak described in the paper is small, just 1.3 square centimeters. How do 'invisibility cloaks' work? After another news story about a 'Harry Potter invisibility cloak', we take a look at the science behind metamaterials.
Science Invisibility has long been employed in works of science fiction and fantasy, from 'cloaking devices' on spaceships in the various Star Trek series to Harry Potter’s magic cloak. But physicists are beginning to think they can actually make devices with just these properties. To achieve the feat of 'cloaking' an object, they have developed what are known as metamaterials, some of which can bend electromagnetic radiation, such as light, around an object, giving the appearance that it isn’t there at all. The first examples only worked with long-wavelength radiation such as microwaves.
One small device that made small objects invisible to near-infrared radiation and worked in three dimensions was unveiled by physicists from the UK and Germany earlier this year. Metamaterials Superlens Ordinary lenses are restricted by their “diffraction limit”. Share: Scientists Are Getting Closer to an Invisibility Cloak. Scientists are getting closer to creating a real-life invisibility cloak.
A new study published in the journal Science shows scientists have created what they are calling a “ultrathin invisibility skin cloak for visible light.” The cloak has been shown to cover an object and—by manipulating certain wavelengths of light—render it invisible. Light plays a central role in how we see objects. According to the Los Angeles Times, usually light bounces off of things and becomes distorted, which helps a person see the angles and curves of an object.
However, the LA Times writes that the cloak is covered with “nanoantennas made of tiny gold blocks of different sizes that can counteract that distortion, making it seem to an observer like the light is coming from a flat surface.” The cloak is 80 nanometers thick, which is a bonus since the study authors say prior attempts have been too bulky and therefore difficult to scale up. The Wildest Concept Cars of 2014 Gene Blevins—LA DailyNews/Corbis. Scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's. Doctoral student Joseph Choi demonstrates a multidirectional 'perfect paraxial’ cloak using 4 lenses.
Photo: University of Rochester Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak. Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter fantasy series.
Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed. Choi uses his hand to further demonstrate his device. Can science make true invisibility possible? "The idea is that if you have a bump on the street, you can cloak it, and the bump will just look like flat ground," Kante said.
"We wouldn't want to do that on the street, since it would cause a lot of accidents. But you can hide something, you can make it look like something else. " David Smith, a professor at Duke, who conducted some of the first successful experiments in invisbility with metamaterials, calls Zhang's study a "tour de force," but adds that it is not quite the same sort of "invisibility cloak" one might wear at Hogwarts. "The actual 'Harry Potter' cloak, or the sort of thing you see in 'Predator,' or 'Star Trek,' is a long ways off," Smith told CNBC. For one thing, these cloaks are not adaptive — they have to be custom-made to suit a particular object in a particular position. Cloak of invisibility. A cloak of invisibility is a fictional theme and a device under some scientific inquiry.
In folklore, mythology and fairy tales, a cloak of invisibility appears either as a magical item used by duplicitous characters or an item worn by a hero to fulfill a quest. It is a common theme in Welsh and Germanic folklore, and may originate with the cap of invisibility seen in ancient Greek myths. The motif falls under "D1361.12 magic cloak of invisibility" in the Stith Thompson motif index scheme. Pop Sci's Future Of.