This incredible story comes from this morning’s Times.
The art of invisibility, which enabled Harry Potter to wander unseen around Hogwarts, may be just around the corner, scientists believe.Researchers funded by the Pentagon have managed to make material that has the potential to bend light around objects to make them invisible. By diverting light around an object scientists expect to be able to make tanks, buildings and even individual infantrymen disappear from view.
For the military such a cloak would be the ultimate camouflage, but it would have many other uses, perhaps eventually allowing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak to be merchandised. In tests carried out in the United States, researchers were able to construct a prism that bent light “the wrong way” and so would make an object appear to vanish. The results of the experiments by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California, will be published this week in the journals Nature and Science, but the full papers were released early online last night.
Similar techniques using microwaves, which are much easier to control, were demonstrated two years ago, but this is the first time that they have been successfully carried out in three dimensions with visible light.
“This straightforward and elegant demonstration enhances our ability to mould and harness light at will,” researchers said. “Invisibility cloaks get a step closer to realisation, with the demonstration of a new material that can bend visible light the wrong way for the first time in three dimensions.”
The full article is HERE
So readers, assuming this isn’t a load of old hogwarts, you have the chance to become invisible. What would you like to do most?