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Towards invisibility in the visible

Ever since invisibility cloaking has left the realm of fiction and been demonstrated for microwave radiation, cloaking in the visible has been the aim. Having reached the near-infrared, we might be there soon.

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Figure 1: From fugu to flatfish.
Figure 2: Space transformation.

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Leonhardt, U. Towards invisibility in the visible. Nature Mater 8, 537–538 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat2472

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