Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Light Seems to Pass through Solid Metal

‘Researchers directing a special type of light at metal poked with holes in irregular patterns recently discovered that all the light behaved like a liquid and fell across the metal to find its way through the escape holes.

[..] experiments described in the March 28 issue of the journal Nature demonstrated that terahertz radiation—a low-frequency light on the electromagnetic spectrum located between microwaves and mid-infrared regions—traveled around a thin sheet of metal, through patterned holes, and all of it came out the other side. Experts sometimes refer to this radiation as T-rays.

“You can get 100 percent transmission of light, even if holes only make up 20 percent of the area,” University of Utah physicist Ajay Nahata told LiveScience. Nahata is one of the experimenters.’

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