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Tuesday, 5 May 2015
The European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) is yearly organized by the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAPP). EuCAP provides a forum for the European and International R & D communities both at academic and industrial levels. It is considered one of the major conferences within the fields of antennas and propagation, microwave, millimeter-wave and terahertz band applications, and metamaterials. This year more than 1,000 papers were presented in oral and...
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
In 15 years metamaterials has brought breakthroughs like invisibility cloaks, acoustic cloaks, miniaturized flat antennas, and you-don’t-have-to-stop-anymore airport security screenings. Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London recently visited co-founder of the field David R. Smith at Duke University to see how his students are continuing their work and to discuss the birth, evolution and future of this novel class of materials. Metamaterials pioneers David Smith and Sir John Pendry discuss...
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
This article originally appeared on Kymeta Corp. Kymeta names its founder Dr. Nathan Kundtz as CEO and accomplished financial executive Marc Stolzman as CFO Redmond, Wash. — Kymeta Corporation, a Seattle-based developer of metamaterials-based antenna technology, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Dr. Nathan Kundtz as CEO and Marc Stolzman as chief financial officer (CFO). Kundtz previously held the position of president and chief technology officer at Kymeta. Stolzman...
Monday, 6 April 2015
Plenty of people play with small drone aircraft in their backyards these days. Tom Driscoll, cofounder and chief technology officer of a startup called Echodyne may be the only one whose quadcopter packs the kind of sophisticated radar used on fighter jets. “We flew it around, did some collision avoidance, and locked onto one of our engineers and followed him around my backyard,” says Driscoll. Radar instruments that can be used that way are normally bulky and extremely expensive. Echodyne is...
Friday, 27 March 2015
The Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics will sponsor a workshop this summer at UCSD July 20th-22nd 2015. The educational event hosted by the CMIP will celebrate fifteen years of metamaterials progress! 2015 will mark fifteen years since the first negative index metamaterial was demonstrated at U.C. San Diego and, of course, Sir John Pendry’s paper on the “perfect lens.” These two publications were major milestones in the development of the metamaterials field, which has grown...
Monday, 23 March 2015
This article orginally appeared in the New York Times Science. Almost half a century after Dustin Hoffman was taken aside in “The Graduate” and given the famous “one word” line about the future, it may be time to update the script again. And metamaterials appear to have the same potential to transform entire industries. Over the past 15 years or so, scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend light waves, as well as radar, radio, sound and even seismic waves, in ways that do...
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Mikkelsen NSF CAREER Award to Support Quantum Photonics Research Maiken H. Mikkelsen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics at Duke University, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award supports outstanding young faculty members in their efforts to build a successful research enterprise. For the next five years, the $570,000 grant will help fund Mikkelsen’s research into light-matter...
Friday, 27 February 2015
You know your research is BIG, when it appears on Jeopardy, America's favorite quiz show! On February 27, 2015, a returning champion correctly answered the opening question.  The category was "How Innovative!" for $200. A: Duke University has developed a prototype for a cloak that grants this power, just like Harry Potter's. Q: What is Invisibility?
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
This article originally appeared on Science.com. Forging Metamaterials: Labs Craft Invisibility Cloaks, Perfect Lenses and Nanostructures (Kavli Roundtable) Alan Brown, writer and editor for the Kavli Foundation, edited this roundtable for Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. From bronze alloys to plastic composites, humans have been making artificial materials for thousands of years. Yet metamaterials — conventional materials with unconventional structures that frequently...
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Maiken Mikkelsen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics at Duke University, has earned an award through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program. The program supports scientists and engineers who have received their PhD in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research through three-year grants of $120,000.  Mikkelsen will use the award to continue her research into making...
Friday, 19 December 2014
Congratulations to former researcher and current Adjunct Assistant Professor Dr. Tom Driscoll on the launch of Echodyne. Echodyne is the latest spin off company of Intellectual ventures focused on exploring near- term applications of metamateirals technology.  We continue to work closely with our partners at Intellectual Ventures, University of California at San Diego, and Imperial College to explore the tremendous promise around metamaterials and metamaterials inventions. "Echodyne Corp....
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
A truly international conference in electromagnetic research, the joint ICEAA (International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications) and IEEE APWC (Topical Conference on Antennas and Propagation in Wireless Communications) conferences focus primarily on emerging areas and applications enabled by current electromagnetic research. Since these conferences represent a broad range of topics, of which metamaterials are included, many areas of research from the development of various...
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
On September 9, 2014, the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience was awarded to Sir John Pendry, Thomas Ebbesen and Stefan Hell “for their transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics that have broken long-held beliefs about the limitations of the resolution limits of optical microscopy and imaging.” Prof. Smith was an invited guest and attended the ceremony, held at the Oslo Concert Hall in Oslo, Norway. The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in the science and...
Monday, 13 October 2014
Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal—setting a speed record and making an important step toward realizing superfast light emitting diodes (LEDs) and quantum cryptography. This year's Nobel Prize in physics was awarded for the discovery of how to make blue LEDs, allowing everything from more efficient light bulbs to video screens. While the discovery has had an enormous impact on lighting and displays, the slow speed...
Friday, 12 September 2014
The International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics is a yearly event that provides a unique forum to share the latest results of the metamaterials research in Europe and worldwide and bring together the engineering, physics, and material science communities working on artificial electromagnetic materials and their applications at microwaves, millimetre waves, terahertz, and optical frequencies. This year's edition (Metamaterials 2014) was held in...

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