Posted: May 30, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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This graphic shows a matter wave hitting a Schrodinger’s hat. The wave inside the container is magnified. Outside, the waves wrap as if they had never encountered any obstacle. Credit: G. Uhlmann, U. of Washington (via Mathematicians can conjure matter waves inside an invisible hat)

Invisibility, once the subject of magic or legend, is slowly becoming reality. Over the past five years mathematicians and other scientists have been working on devices that enable invisibility cloaks – perhaps not yet concealing Harry Potter, but at least shielding small objects from detection by microwaves or sound waves.

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