Scientists Show Off Real Invisibility Cloak

Although the invisibility cloak can be created on a small scale, it would be impossible to recreate a larger version with the knowledge we have today. Image: Science/AAAS

Although the invisibility cloak can be created on a small scale, it would be impossible to recreate a larger version with the knowledge we have today. Image: Science/AAAS

We’ve reported on real-world invisibility cloaks before, but according to Discovery News such a thing actually exists now, albeit on a very small scale:

European researchers have taken the world a step closer to fictional wizard Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak after they made an object disappear, a study published Thursday in the journal Science showed.

Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and Imperial College London used their cloak, made using photonic crystals with a structure resembling piles of wood, to conceal a small bump on a gold surface, they wrote in Science.

“It’s kind of like hiding a small object underneath a carpet — except this time the carpet also disappears,” they said.
invisible soldier

“We put an object under a microscopic structure, a little like a reflective carpet,” said Nicholas Stenger, one of the researchers who worked on the project.

“When we looked at it through a lens and did spectroscopy, no matter what angle we looked at the object from, we saw nothing. The bump became invisible,” said Stenger…

[continues at Discovery News]

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4 Comments on "Scientists Show Off Real Invisibility Cloak"

  1. Anonymous | Mar 20, 2010 at 1:55 am |

    Finally, I will be able to masturbate at the museum.

  2. tonyviner | Mar 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm |

    Finally, I will be able to masturbate at the museum.

  3. finally, peewee Herman can masturbate in the movies again

  4. finally, peewee Herman can masturbate in the movies again

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