Electromagnetism encompasses much of modern technology. Its influence rests on our ability to deploy materials that can control the component electric and magnetic fields.
A new class of materials has created some extraordinary possibilities such as a negative refractive index, and lenses whose resolution is limited only by the precision with which we can manufacture them. Cloaks have been designed and built that hide objects within them, but remain completely invisible to external observers.
The new materials, named metamaterials, have properties determined as much by their internal physical structure as by their chemical composition and the radical new properties to which they give access promise to transform our ability to control much of the electromagnetic spectrum.
John Pendry is one of the UK's leading physicists. His work on electromagnetic metamaterials has inspired researchers around the world and has led to the development of a new field of research. In this lecture John will discuss some of these fantastic developments, which have made headlines around the world.
Professor Sir John Pendry (Imperial College London), will be giving this invited evening lecture as part of the University of Exeter's Functional Materials Research Theme. This is part of the Functional Materials theme of the University's Science Strategy and programme of lectures by eminent speakers.
The lecture will be introduced by Sir Robin Nicholson and there will be an opportunity for questions afterwards.
Drinks reception in Xfi Conference Room 1 from 17:45.