In recent years, invisibility has become an area of increasing research interest due to advances in material engineering. This research work by the UEx, which has been published in Scientific Reports, explored the electromagnetic properties of specific materials that can make certain objects invisible when they are introduced into its interior. Normally, artificial materials known as metamaterials, or materials with high dielectric or magnetic constants, are used
This idea for attaining invisibility using filler materials instead of external layers was inspired by the final-year project of Alberto Serna and Luis Molina, undergraduate students of telecommunications at the UEx. Serna says, "The majority of the techniques with which clovers of invisibility are developed harness the extraordinary properties of certain materials to make light circumvent the object to be made invisible." However, this model can not be implemented using fillers, because the object is exposed to the light and therefore forced to interact with it. "We have used a different technique, plasmonic cloaking, which makes the object and the filler jointly invisible," says Serna from Italy, where he is currently on a research stay.
The method makes it possible to achieve invisibility from the interior of a object without using any external device. In addition, invisibility using fillers allows the object to interact with its environment without being hindered by the external cloaking. The technique is valid for small size objects, and the bandwidths achieved are still narrow, but the investigators believe the scope for further improvements is promising.
Luis Landesa, who led this work, contends that the idea of fillers opens up a new array of applications. "The fact that an object can see the outside without hindrance from external layers is novel and promising," he says. The researchers suggest applications that range from using non-solid materials to use in communications and bioengineering. A typical example of the invisibility utility is in invisible microscopic probes that do not disturb the device to be measured; With the use of fillers, in addition, the reading itself would not be altered, this is the problem posed by invisibility cloaks.
New invisibility cloak hides objects from human view
Alberto Serna et al, Multilayer homogeneous dielectric filler for electromagnetic invisibility, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038 / s41598-018-32070-5