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An “Invisibility Cloak” Not As Far-Fetched As It Seems, Lecturer Says

September 16, 2010

A British theoretical physicist doing groundbreaking work in developing “invisibility materials” (a la Harry Potter’s famous invisibility cloak) will deliver the inaugural Robert Resnick Lecture at The Johns Hopkins University at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London will present “Invisible Cloaks and a Perfect Lens,” in Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus. The event is free and open to the public. Call 410-516-7346 for information.

Pendry is known for his research into the creation of special materials and techniques that could lead to the creation of “cloaks” of invisibility around objects, rendering them unable to be seen. Such materials (called “metamaterials”) would be comprised of tiny wires and blends of polymers that would skew the paths of electromagnetic radiation so onlookers could see – or appear to see – right through or beyond them.

The lecture honors Johns Hopkins alumnus Resnick, a renowned physics educator. For more details about the inaugural Resnick Lecture visit: http://physics-astronomy.jhu.edu/events/resnick_lecture/index

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