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Houston Kirk Colloquium: 'Harry Potter's Cloak Via Transformation Optics'

Thursday, October 7 | 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Cupples I, 199

Abstract: Can we make objects invisible? This has been a subject of human fascination for millennia in Greek mythology, movies, science fiction, etc including the legend of Perseus versus Medusa and the more recent Star Trek and Harry Potter. We will describe in a non-technical fashion a simple and powerful proposal to achieve invisibility , the so-called transformation optics, and some of the progress that has been made.

Host: John Shareshian

Please note that for all in-person events, attendees must adhere to Washington University’s public health requirements, including the latest events and meetings protocol. Guests will be required to show a successful self-screening result and wear a mask at all times. 

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Arts & Sciences


Science & Technology



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Speaker Information
Speaker: Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington
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