Flat, pancake-sized metalens images lunar surface in an engineering first

A black and white, close up photograph of the moon

By Mariah R. Lucas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Astronomers and amateurs alike know the bigger the telescope, the more powerful the imaging capability. To keep the power but streamline one of the bulkier components, a Penn State-led research team created the first ultrathin, compact metalens telescope capable of imaging far-away objects, including the moon. 

Sawyer Campbell

Sawyer Campbell

Assistant Research Professor

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Tak Sing Wong

Tak Sing Wong

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Wormley Early Career Professor

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Randy McEntaffer

Randy McEntaffer

Department Head of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics

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John Asbury

John Asbury

Professor of Chemistry

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