It’s not often you hear about a piece of scientific research that you get genuinely excited about: normally we’re drip-fed studies on why it rains so much in the UK or what makes us fat. Which is why news that some Euro boffins have invented an invisibility cloak is so exciting. Yes, just like one in the Harry Potter franchise.
According to the BBC, the prototype works by bending light around an object which can therefore make that 3D object look invisible. Cool. The profs at the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Imperial College London worked their magic by using photonic crystals to hide a small bump on a gold surface.
‘This is very exciting, because mankind has always thought about being invisible or having invisibility cloaks. This is the first proof of principle. It shows that the technique works’ said Tolga Ergin, chief nerd. It’s really hard to say what the future will bring, but the field is definitely very broad and the possibilities are very large’.
We’ll believe it when we see it. Now, has anyone seen my coat? I’m sure I left it just here.