Category Archives: Invisibility

My appearance on WCCB TV!

In the annals of “shameless self-promotion,” I should note one more appearance I’ve made in local media!  Yesterday, a journalist from WCCB TV in Charlotte stopped by my office to interview me on camera about invisibility physics and the interesting … Continue reading

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A brief NPR interview with me on invisibility!

Continuing my recent streak of self-aggrandizing posts, I wanted to point out (again, for those who don’t follow me elsewhere) that I recorded a short interview the other day for our local Charlotte NPR affiliate, WFAE, on the physics of … Continue reading

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Dr. SkySkull talking invisibility in the News & Observer!

This has already been making the rounds via other social media today, but for those who aren’t on Facebook or Twitter (lookin’ at you, Dad!), I was interviewed by the News & Observer about invisibility physics and the article appeared … Continue reading

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Hiding from time? New design of a “temporal cloak” makes waves

Is it possible to make something invisible in time as well as in space?  It is a fascinating question, a provocative question, a mind-boggling question… wait… what exactly does it mean to “make something invisible in time?” We’ll get to … Continue reading

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Physics demonstrations: cloaking device?

I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog talking about the optics of invisibility, both hypothetical and actual.  Though a number of forms of invisibility have been considered in both science and fiction for over a hundred years, the … Continue reading

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Physics demonstrations: invisibility on the cheap!

I spend a lot of time talking about invisibility on this blog, and it really has become a fascinating and vibrant area of optics, with lots of remarkable results.  However, most of those results are theoretical, and the experimental results … Continue reading

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How to become invisible by “hiding under the carpet”

Since the first theoretical cloaking papers in 2006, the topic of optical invisibility has just gotten stranger and stranger.  There have been proposals of optical wormholes, perfect optical illusions, space-time cloaks, and more.  Perhaps even more surprising, however, is the … Continue reading

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Optical wormholes: punching virtual tunnels in space via metamaterials!

Though the introduction of optical invisibility cloaks in 2006 caused a huge sensation around the world in both the media and the general public, arguably even more significant to the optical science community is the technique used to design cloaks. … Continue reading

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Illusion optics: the physics of making things look like other things!

The idea of optical cloaking, or more generally the concept of invisibility, has gone from science fiction trope to serious topic of physics research to subfield of optical science in its own right in a remarkably short period of time. … Continue reading

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Invention of the “perfect” invisibility cloak?

In 2006, a number of researchers made international headlines with the announcement that they had laid the theoretical foundations for the construction of an “invisibility cloak,” a device that has been a staple of horror, fantasy and science fiction for … Continue reading

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