Invisibility cloaks at Birmingham

Posted on Tuesday 2nd August 2011

Metamaterials Research Centre

Invisibility cloaks at Birmingham

A new Research Centre in the nascent area of "metamaterials" is now being formed in Physics at Birmingham.

Metamaterials are materials with exotic optical properties (e.g. negative refractive indices). Proposals for the use of the materials are "invisibility cloaks" to shroud objects and lenses which can image arbitrarily small objects (unlike normal lenses which are limited to see things larger than the wavelength of light).

The first new member of staff, Dr Shuang Zhang, has just arrived from the University of California at Berkeley. There will be three more staff appointed and the University is providing £1.5M pounds to start the research.

Contact Dr Zhang:

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4719
Email: s.zhang@bham.ac.uk