Invisibility Uncloaked

Invisibility Uncloaked

In the race to make things disappear, scientists gain ground on science fiction

By Charles Petit, 08:09 AM November 5, 2009

Ulf Leonhardt is riding high these days, with a new award from the Royal Society of Great Britain to further develop his ideas on how to make things in plain sight disappear.

Born in East Germany and now occupying the theoretical physics chair at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, Leonhardt is among the leaders of the worldwide race to realize an old dream of science fiction: cloaking devices. They would steer light or other electromagnetic waves around them like water around a stone in a s...

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