Transformation optics: cloaking and perfect imaging
Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute
The field of transformation optics and metamaterials has been named by Science as one of the top ten research insights of the last decade (in fact, it was the only one in physics and engineering that made it into the top ten). What is it? In transformation optics manmade dielectric materials, called metamaterials, are used to implement a coordinate transformation of space (or in some cases of space and time). What can it do? For example, such transformation devices can make things invisible. They can also create perfect images with a resolution no longer limited by the wave nature of light.