Bend it like Berkeley

August 12, 2008

Other people want to get in line to be one of the first to take a commercial space flight. This is what I’d like to reserve:

Researchers have taken the next step on the road to constructing a cloak of invisibility or a powerful “superlens” capable of capturing fine details invisible to current lenses. A group from the University of California, Berkeley, this week is publishing the first demonstrations of materials capable of bending visible or near-visible light the “wrong” way in three dimensions.

[. . .]

For invisibility, researchers need their metamaterials to have an index less than one (the index of air). That makes it possible to channel light around a region like air around an airplane wing. No light inside means no reflection to reveal the contents of the space, hence, invisibility.

The beauty of having an ivisibility cloak is that it would both amuse me and please a lot of people I know.

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Bend it like Berkeley”

  1. Harl Delos Says:

    Invisibility? That’s not hard to accomplish at all.

    I can list a number of restaurants where the waitress couldn’t seem to see me, last time I was there – and consequently, nobody sees me those restaurants any more.

  2. gadfly Says:

    “Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man, The Shadow knows. Heh, Heh, Heh!

  3. Bob G. Says:

    Nice Lamont Cranston reference, gadfly…!

    Seems concerned citizens on the SOUTH side of Ft. Wayne ALREADY have such cloaks….that would account for the lack of PROGRESS down here.
    The city just don’t SEE us (or hear us when we plead for a better quality of life).

    So, if you want to be “invisible”…move down here!
    I can tell you…it really WORKS!

    B.G.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: