British scientist claims invisibility cloak could become reality within two years
A British physicist is set to develop an invisibility cloak inspired by Harry Potter and the Invisible Woman.
The Daily Mail reports that Prof. Ulf Leonhardt of the University of St. Andrews, who has been awarded more than £100,000 for the research, claims he can make a ‘major leap’ to the cloak within two years.
‘I will try my best to explore how far one can go, but I cannot guarantee that at the end of the project invisibility will be easy to achieve in practice’, the professor said.
Invisibility cloaks have become well known from films such as Harry Potter, in which Harry owns one and uses it to great effect.
The Invisible Woman also owned her own cloak, and in the fictional future of Star Trek, invisibility shields are used to cloak entire ships.
Prof. Leonhardt’s research will involve developing a material that would force light particles to bend around the object, deflecting them in such a way as to make the material disappear.
New Scientist magazine predicted earlier this year that invisibility cloaks could be part of everyday life within 30 years. If the work is successful, Harry’s cloak may soon become a reality.