Invisibility Cloaks May Be On Its Way, New Material Invented With The Ability To Make Objects DisappearBy Ron S., UniversityHerald Reporter
Researchers based in London have developed a new material that has been able to make test objects "disappear."
The newly developed material seemed to have properties that makes objects disappear, all the while remaining small enough to coat objects, the Daily Mail reported.
While previous ventures to develop cloaking materials in the past revealed complex problems to seemingly simple hypotheses, the new material seemed to present a promising result, as it maintains portability, and may ultimately be used as a fabric of some sort.
Other products of such experiments demanded much from the technology back then, as other prototypes may have shown potential but fell short in terms of battery life and portability.
The researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have developed a material that maintains a small package, as well as the ability to conform to materials, which may very well pave the way for a wearable cloaking device much-like from what was featured in the "Harry Potter" films.
The material has the ability to make curved objects seem flat to electromagnetic waves. The researchers have stated that the material makes use of somehow "manipulating" radio waves for it not to appear to monitors, according to The Science Explorer.
The material is composed of a nano composite medium, which is mainly comprised of nano particles. The composite material has seven layers which ultimately blocks radio waves, and eventually hiding it from observational tools.
The newly developed material managed to make a curved surface appear flat on the screen, which directly makes it seem lack a certain depth of field and results in a "cloaked" object seem to disappear on the 2-D screen.
The material is apparently made out of Graded Refractive Index Nanocomposites. The experiment was conducted by coating a cosine-curved metal plate with the material and observing it from a monitor, according to Nature Scientific Reports.
Researchers have placed several layers of dielectrics onto the test subject, which resulted in a heavily curved metal plate seem flat. The new advancement may eventually lead to a fabric catered to hide the wearer.
See the video below to get a glimpse on how the technology stands before the discovery.