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Scientists Achieve Breakthrough in 'Cloaking Technology'

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posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 04:28 AM
While still a long way from the cloaking devices seen on sci-fi shows, physicist at the Imperial College London have managed to create a material that 'disappears' when a laser beam strikes it.

Laser makes solid 'disappear'

A laser-like beam of light shone at a unique solid makes the material appear to disappear, according to a new study.

The effect, reported in a recent issue of the journal Nature Materials, occurs at infrared light wavelengths, so it can't be seen with the human eye.

"[But] if it worked in the visible light with molecules that make up your hand, when the laser hit your hand, your hand would go transparent," says team member Professor Chris Phillips, a physicist at Imperial College London.

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Presently the 'cloaking effect' only works on the infrared wavelength, but researchers are certain they can refine the technology to make it work in the visible light spectrum and without the need for special materials.

posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 06:39 AM
Did they steal Troy Hurtubise's Invention then? (boolean search "Angel Light")

posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 06:56 AM
Cool, the next step would be to make it affordable. Apparently the article said it required miniscule engineering of artificial atoms to make this work - not an easy thing to do en masse.

Step 1: Make work in visible wavelengths (10 years at most)

Step 2: Make it affordable to build (15 more years)

So in about 25 years we could probably start seeing the first uses of this technology.

Talking about cloaking in the infrared spectrum, wouldn't the military like this technology for fighter jets so that they could avoid heat-seekers? It would make the infrared wavelength of the fighter jet invisible, no?

However, I guess the exhaust trails might still give off enough heat to allow the missile to remain locked - though it might not be as accurate.

posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 07:00 AM
But if the stuff inside the ship aren't made of that material it would still be visable. You'd have pilots just floating out there.


posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 04:04 PM
"So I see you're flying your invisible plane."

"Uhm, erm... I'm actually in the lavatory of the invisible plane."

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