Metamaterials that can bend light in nearly any direction may hold the key to future military camouflage based on the chameleon-like photosensitive skin of the squid. Look for metamaterials to debut in as military camouflage within five years. R. Colin Johnson, Kyoto Prize Fellow @NextGenLog
In previous research, Rice researcher Naomi Halas made light bending nanocups from colloidal particles on glass capped by an elastomer that is lifted off after curing.
Here is what my EETimes story says about metamaterials: Marine biologists collaborating with engineers and scientists at Rice University will develop the new metamaterial with a $6 million grant from the Office of Naval Research. A marine biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who specializes in cephalopods (squid, octopus and cuttlefish) will team with Rice University to investigate how metamaterials can be constructed which observe and match their colors to the surrounding environment...
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