Harry Potter’s invisibility cloaks come closer to reality

Washington, April 1: Researchers including Indian scientists have made a breakthrough that could help bring invisibility cloaks closer to reality.

The work of Debashis Chanda at the University of Central Florida, however, may have just cracked that barrier. Chanda and fellow optical and nanotech experts were able to develop a larger swath of multilayer 3-D metamaterial operating in the visible spectral range.

They accomplished this feat by using nanotransfer printing, which can potentially be engineered to modify surrounding refractive index needed for controlling propagation of light.

The nanotransfer printing technique creates metal/dielectric composite films, which are stacked together in a 3-D architecture with nanoscale patterns for operation in the visible spectral range. Control of electromagnetic resonances over the 3-D space by structural manipulation allows precise control over propagation of light. Following this technique, larger pieces of this special material can be created, which were previously limited to micron-scale size.

By improving the technique, the team hopes to be able to create larger pieces of the material with engineered optical properties, which would make it practical to produce for real-life device applications.

The study has been published in the journal Advanced Optical Materials. (ANI)