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Friday, 14 October 2016
Kundtz Congrats to Nathan Kundtz, former PhD student and postdoc in ECE Professor David Smith's laboratory, who struck out to form metamaterial antenna company Kymeta, on being named one of LinkedIn's 10 top professionals 35 and under in Technology! Kundtz is CEO and president of Kymeta, a company that is shaping the future of connectivity – global access, anywhere, anytime, and while on the move. Read the full story
Friday, 3 June 2016
The Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics (CMIP) hosted a Plasmonics Workshop, June 14 and 15 in the Schiciano Auditorium on Duke's campus. The event was meant to be a reunion of former CMIP lab members and of John Pendry's group at Imperial college, but was of interest to other members of the Duke community working on related subjects. Preliminary list of invited speakers: Gleb Akselrod, Duke University, USA Paloma Arroyo Huidobro, Imperial College, UK Christos Argyropoulos,...
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Prattt School of Engineering invites you to join us for a special event featuring Kymeta founder Nathan Kundtz (PhD ’09) and the groundbreaking “Connected Car” featuring a first-of-its-kind mobile satellite antenna based on metamaterials technology developed at Duke! Noon-12:45: p.m.: Presentation & Discussion Nathan Kundtz, CEO, Kymeta and Member, Duke Graduate School Board of Visitors Lawrence Carin, Vice Provost for Research George Truskey, Vinik Dean of Engineering David Smith, Chair of...
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
CMIP's David Smith was interviewed by reporter Rose Eveleth for a Gizmodo podcast titled, Meanwhile in the Future: Now You Can Buy an Invisibility Cloak. Invisibility cloaks are a staple of science fiction and fantasy. This podcast explores the science behind the cloak as well as how to regulate this type of technology.
Monday, 31 August 2015
In his new book, Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen released in 2015, author Philip Ball explores the progress of human fascination with invisibility from medieval spells to metamaterials today. Ball discusses the works of David Smith, Willie Padilla, and John Pendry in optical metamaterials and their results in 3-D cloaking.  
Friday, 21 August 2015
A new sensor developed at Duke University helps computers separate overlapping sounds. People trying to talk to Siri may soon no longer have to look like they’re about to eat their iPhones, thanks to a new technology demonstration that solves the “Cocktail Party” conundrum. In a crowded room with voices coming from every direction, the human auditory system is incredibly good at homing in on a single voice while filtering out the background jabber. Computers are not. A new approach from...
Thursday, 20 August 2015
The Big Idea In Episode 4 of Channel NewsAsia's "The Big Idea," host Justin Bratton stops by Duke University to talk with CMIP's David Smith about technological progress in invisibility and to tour the lab. They discuss the basics of cloaking and how metamaterials bend microwaves to appear invisible to such waves. CMIP is featured in the video at 17 minutes, 30 seconds – view Episode 4 of The Big Idea.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Kymeta Corporation, headed by CEO and CMIP alum Nathan Kundtz, announced their partnership with electronics manufacturer Sharp to create and produce metamaterial antennas for commercial use. The partnership utilizes Kymeta's mTenna technology in new satellite internet antennas. Building on other partnerships like the one with satellite carrier Intelsat, Kymeta hopes to have the new antennas included in other commerically available products in the next year. While it is unlikely that such...
Monday, 10 August 2015
Several members of the CMIP team recently attended the 6th International Conference on Metamaterials, Crystals, and Plasmonics (META’15) conference in New York City, NY, which was held at incredibly located City College of New York in Manhattan. This conference is one of the largest gatherings of metamaterials researchers in the world, bringing together an incredibly diverse set of topics including metamaterials, plasmonics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, and two-dimensional materials, just to...
Saturday, 1 August 2015
hawaii From July 26th to 31st, I had the chance of attending the Nonlinear Optics conference (NLO), organized by the Optical Society of America in Hawaii. This year, it was held at the Kaua’i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach. It is an international gathering of top scientists that discuss all aspects of nonlinear optics, including new phenomena, novel devices, advanced materials and applications in the field. Thanks to its excellent climate and beautiful landscapes, Hawaii is a very attractive...
Monday, 27 July 2015
quantumdot Plasmonic device has speed and efficiency to serve optical computers By Ken Kingery Researchers have developed an ultrafast light-emitting device that can flip on and off 90 billion times a second and could form the basis of optical computing. At its most basic level, your smart phone’s battery is powering billions of transistors using electrons to flip on and off billions of times per second. But if microchips could use photons instead of electrons to process and transmit data, computers could...
Sunday, 26 July 2015
NPR Morning Edition In NPR's Morning Edition story "Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer To Invisibility," reporter Barry Gordemer briefly talks with CMIP's David Smith about metamaterials, how to make something invisible, and some of its uses. See below for the full audio and partial transcript of the feature. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: GORDEMER: .... Other scientists like David Smith at Duke University are trying to make invisibility work from any angle. He's experimenting with what's known as...
Monday, 6 July 2015
On June 23 and 24, David Smith, Jonah Gollub, and Stéphane Larouche attended the Seminar on Microwave Imaging at Limoges (SMILE 2015). The seminar was organized by the XLim research institute of the University of Limoges. It featured an overview of the field of imaging by invited speakers coming mainly from France, but also from Japan and the Netherlands. The seminar was a great opportunity for us to discuss with specialists on image reconstruction for radar imaging, and how these approaches...
Friday, 26 June 2015
Picture of Cristian Ciraci (right) and I (left) at the CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015 conference dinner. I had the chance of attending the CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015 conference which was held in Munich, Germany from June 21st to June 25th. This conference is certainly the major European Scientific event of the International Year of Light. It is the largest and most comprehensive gathering of international scientists in optics and photonics research organized in Europe. As for CLEO in the US, the quality of this conference is exceptional and the scientific program is very rich with topics covering...
Thursday, 21 May 2015
CLEO 2015 is the world’s premier laser and photonics conference and was held in San Jose from May 10th to 15th. It was a very high quality conference and exposition where 4,400 attendees came together, 226 exhibitors presented their technology and 1,380 presentations were held by scientists from around the world. Sessions were held in several areas of optics and photonics and focused on both fundamental science as well as on practical innovations, covering altogether a very broad range of...

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