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Electronic Materials & Devices

Metamaterials

A metamaterial is an artificially engineered material that has highly desirable properties that do not typically occur in nature. Metamaterials rely primarily on their physical structure to direct electromagnetic waves, and are being developed for superlenses, cloaking devices, optical films, and improved antennas. An active research program in metamaterials is underway at Penn State, with particular strengths in modeling and nanofabrication of devices.

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Trolier-McKinstry Group Reports Progress Prototypes for Adjustable Space Mirrors

In an online publication of the Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), researchers in the Trolier-McKinstry group at Penn State and the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, report progress on deformable, thin, light-weight mirror segments for the proposed SMART-X mission, a space-based X-ray telescope with 30 times the effective light-capturing area as the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Faculty Experts: 
Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

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