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Cornering the Terahertz Gap

Controlling light’s path could enable invisibility or harness an intriguing but so far elusive stretch of the spectrum

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1:08pm, March 13, 2009

Light is a nimble gymnast. It travels in many colors and frequencies. Its waves, whether long or short, can shift to be longer or shorter. Light waves change direction. They bounce.

What light can’t do, on its own at least, is bend backward. In other words, it always refracts or reflects in a predictable, normal direction.

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