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Thursday, 6 December 2012
NATURE News recently released the article "Sprinkled nanocubes hold light tight" by Katharine Sanderson discusiing how scattering silver nanocubes over a mettalic film may help harvest the sun's rays. Read the full article below; 05 December 2012 "Just sprinkle on and harvest light — that is the procedure with nanoscale cubes of silver that could be used to make efficient solar panels, heat detectors and specialist cameras. The cubes are scattered randomly on a piece of polymer-coated metal to...
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Professor David Smith has been awarded the 2013 James C. McGroddy Prize of APS for New Materials sponsored by IBM together with Drs. John B. Pendry, Imperial College and Costas M. Soukoulis, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. The Prize was established to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in the science and application of new materials. It consists of $10,000 (divided equally) and a certificate with the appropriate citation. The citation that will appear on the certificate...
Monday, 19 November 2012
"Invisibility is an illusion, a way of manipulating light so that a hidden object cannot be perceived. In the same way that magicians use mirrors to make things disappear, we can now use metamaterials". Stated David Smith and Nathan Landy, Duke Researchers from Electrical and Computer Engineering. In a recent editorial piece published in the Gray Matter section of the Sunday edition of the New York Times on November 18th, 2012 Smith and Landy provide a perspective on the parallels of achieving...
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Examiner.com, Mashable Scienceblog and grabnetworks.com feature a short video discussing the first invisibility cloak that "perfectly" obscures items and the research developed by Nathan Landy and David R. Smith, Duke researchers in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The video briefly covers other media reports on the topic from BBC News to Phys.Org. The article associated with the video quotes Landy on how he incorporated metamaterials " 'Each quadrant of the cloak tended to have voids, or...
Thursday, 15 November 2012
TIME Tech features an innovation piece discussing the recent study published in Nature Materials by Duke researchers Nathan Landy and David R. Smith. The article states " the creation of a 'full-parameter unidirectional metamaterial cloak for microwaves.' 'Uni-directional' meaning it only works if you’re observing the object from one direction, but “full-parameter” meaning visual bases covered — if you look at the object being masked from the right angle, you can’t see it at all". To pull off...
Thursday, 15 November 2012
The metamaterials group and the Duke Quidditch team appreciate Stephen Colbert's reporting on our recent publication regarding the development of a new invisibility cloak. Noted Colbert, "...now the Blue Devils quidditch team will be unstoppable!" The latest cloak, designed by Nathan Landy and published in Nature Materials, demonstrates better cloaking performance due to greater control over the magnetic and electric properties of the metamaterial. It may be a while before our quidditch team...
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
In early November of 2012 Science and Technology reporter Jason Palmer for BBC News discusses the success of Duke Scientists and Center for Metamatrial members David Smith and Nathan Landy in "cloaking" an object perfectly for the first time, rendering a centimeter-scale cylinder invisible to microwaves. In "Invisibility cloaking in 'perfect' demonstration" Palmer summarizes the emergence of invisibility cloaking, theorized by John Pendry of Imperial College London, David Schurig and David...
Monday, 12 November 2012
by Richard Merritt DURHAM, N.C. – The first working “cloaking” device reported by Duke University electrical engineers in 2006 worked like a charm, but it wasn’t perfect. Now a member of that laboratory has come up with a design that ties up one of the major loose ends from the original device. These new findings could be important in transforming how light or other waves can be controlled or transmitted. Just as traditional wires gave way to fiber optics, the new meta-material could...
Monday, 29 October 2012
Kymeta breaking into the Technology Industry certainly made some waves, recently Olga Kharif a reporter for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Kymeta's success and spoke with CTO Nathan Kundtz. "The satellite dish has long been a symbol of space-age communications and a really good TV package, but the bulky antenna may be nearing its expiration date. For couch potatoes, it’s a difficult-to-install eyesore. The smaller antennas mounted on many trains, ships, and airplanes can...
Friday, 28 September 2012
The Sixth International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics – Metamaterials 2012 - consisted of a 4-day conference September 17th-22nd and a 2-day Doctoral School (21–22 September). Organized by the Metamorphose Virtual Institute and hosted by the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics and St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI", this Congress follows the success of Metamaterials 2007-2011 and continues the...
Monday, 24 September 2012
Postdoc Cristian Ciraci and team earned the cover of SCIENCE Magazine in August, 2012 Vol. 337 no. 6098 pp. 1072-1074 with "Probing the Ultimate Limits of Plasmonic Enhancement" Abstract: Metals support surface plasmons at optical wavelengths and have the ability to localize light to subwavelength regions. The field enhancements that occur in these regions set the ultimate limitations on a wide range of nonlinear and quantum optical phenomena. We found that the dominant limiting factor is not...
Monday, 30 July 2012
CMIP has joined Linkedin! LinkedIn is an online professional network designed to help members find jobs, connect with other professionals, and locate business opportunities. Join our Group! Add Center for Metamaterials Linkedin Groupto your LinkedIn network! This group offers an opportunity for you to network, discuss technical issues, and share upcoming events in your chapter. With 19 million users, LinkedIn.com is an online network of people from all over the world. LinkedIn is one of  the...
Monday, 9 July 2012
In July's Special Issue of Discover Magazine, author Adam Piore discusses the sophisticated cloaking devices that may soon hide objects from light, sound, water and even earthquakes! For the full DISCOVER Magazine article click here Duke's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Assistant Faculty Yaroslav Urzhumov, a prominent member of the Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics (CMIP) was higlighted in the July issue for a preliminary design for a mesh shield that would let...
Monday, 11 June 2012
This week marks the official launch of Kymeta –a new company that aims to commercialize emerging metamaterials concepts. After more than a year of development and incubation in the Intellectual Ventures Lab, the mTenna™ has been developed, with a mission to simplify the connection between mobile users and high capacity Ka-band communications satellites. Kymeta’s mTenna™ will allow passengers on planes, trains, boats, automobiles and other vehicles to enjoy the same kind of broadband...
Monday, 16 April 2012
Duke University seeks to attain and maintain a place of leadership in all that we do. This includes leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability on our campus, in our medical institutions, and in the larger community of which we are a part. In addition to offering new courses for students, staff and professional certificates, Duke University has increased its commitment to Sustainable education and activities.* The Green Workplace Certification recognizes work areas that formally...

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