Metamaterials bend waves of all kinds

A dimpled surface with cylinders like the face of a Lego brick forms a non-metallic conductive material. The metamaterial absorbs electromagnetic energy without heating. Credit: Duke University

As the exciting new field of metamaterials advances, Duke has become one of the world’s leading centers of this research. Founded in 2009, Duke’s Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics (CMIP) has grown to encompass dozens of researchers dedicated to exploring artificially structured materials.

“There are a lot of ways to control waves, many of which weren’t thought of before or really exploited,” said David R. Smith who co-founded CMIP and helped recruit like-minded colleagues to Duke. “Metamaterials has given us a way to manage waves in a way that is really unprecedented.”

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