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Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial

May 5, 2014

actual metamaterial absorber pattern A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured using "genetic algorithms," according to Penn State University engineers, who say these metamaterials can shield objects from view by infrared sensors, protect instruments and be manufactured to cover a variety of wavelengths. Full Story

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