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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3332–3337

Visualizing invisibility: Metamaterials-based optical devices in natural environments

Aaron J. Danner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 3332-3337 (2010)

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Photorealistic ray tracing methods have been developed that allow us to see how devices such as imperfect invisible spheres and invisibility cloaks would appear if actually constructed and placed in outdoor environments. The methods developed allow photorealistic depiction of devices with gradient indices of refraction and birefringence or trirefringence in non-Cartesian coordinate systems (and hence accurately handle ray splitting/beam walkoff). The resulting images, which can be rendered in real time to produce animations as will be shown, allow subjective assessment of the performance of optical instruments such as invisibility devices in environments in which they are intended to ultimately be used.

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(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(080.5692) Geometric optics : Ray trajectories in inhomogeneous media

Original Manuscript: December 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 12, 2010
Published: February 1, 2010

Aaron J. Danner, "Visualizing invisibility: Metamaterials-based optical devices in natural environments," Opt. Express 18, 3332-3337 (2010)

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