Metamaterials, Transformation Optics, and the Science of Invisibility
Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium
Sir John Pendry
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. The talk will be illustrated with examples of cloaks for static magnetic fields, for visible light as well as for microwaves.