We like science and technology so when Mashable posted a report that researchers at the University of Texas, Austin had created a light scattering metascreen–we had to check it out.
Light scattering metascreen? See also ‘invisibility cloak.’ Well, sort of.
Titled “Demonstration of an ultralow profile cloak for scattering suppression of a finite-length rod in free space,” their research, published in the New Journal of Physics, describes a cloak consisting of 66 µm-thick copper tape and 100 µm-thick flexible polycarbonate film which scatters and cancels out incoming waves.
At this stage the researchers agree that the same process could be applied to visible light wavelengths but that the objects they could “hide” would have to be very small.