The Digest: A New Cloaking Approach Could Potentially Make Objects Invisible From Every Direction
Kristin Houser, June 28, 2018
A BREAKTHROUGH. Researchers from Montreal’s National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) just published a study in Optica detailing a new approach to invisibility cloaking. Their device, called a spectral invisibility cloak, is the first to manipulate the color (or frequency) of the light waves that interact with an object, rendering it invisible.
“Our work represents a breakthrough in the quest for invisibility cloaking,” study author José Azaña said in a news release.
BREAKING IT DOWN. Let’s break this down, starting with light. There’s something called the electromagnetic spectrum. It contains all the different frequencies of electromagnetic radiation, a certain kind of energy. X-rays, gamma rays, and radar all fall somewhere on this spectrum.
While you can’t see an X-ray, your eyes can see one small range of frequencies on the electromagnetic spectrum. We call this visible light. As mentioned, it’s a range separated into what we perceive as colors, with violet at one end and red at the other. Some light sources contain more than one specific frequency. We call these broadband sources, and sunlight is one example.
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