Everyone has imagined what it would be like to be invisible. (And, some of us are more invisible than we would like to be.) Now, scientists are in the process of bending light rays to make science fiction reality.
Scientists are boldly going where only fiction has gone before – to develop a Cloak of Invisibility. It isn’t quite ready to hide a Romulan space ship from Capt. James T. Kirk or to disguise Harry Potter, but it is a significant start and could show the way to more sophisticated designs.
In this first successful experiment, researchers from the United States and England were able to cloak a copper cylinder.
It’s like a mirage, where heat causes the bending of light rays and cloaks the road ahead behind an image of the sky.
“We have built an artificial mirage that can hide something from would-be observers in any direction,” said cloak designer David Schurig, a research associate in Duke University’s electrical and computer engineering department. (Read more HERE.)