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Colloquium: October 31, 2012


John Pendry*

The Science of Invisibility

Time: October 31, 2012 Wednesday 16:00
Place: EE01 (Electrical and Electronics Engineering)

Host: Ekmel Özbay

ABSTRACT — Electromagnetism encompasses much of modern technology. Its influence rests on our ability to deploy materials that can control the component electric and magnetic fields. A new class of materials has created some extraordinary possibilities such as a negative refractive index, and lenses whose resolution is limited only by the precision with which we can manufacture them. Cloaks have been designed and built that hide objects within them, but remain completely invisible to external observers. The new materials, named metamaterials, have properties determined as much by their internal physical structure as by their chemical composition and the radical new properties to which they give access promise to transform our ability to control much of the electromagnetic spectrum.

*Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

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