Those crazy kids over at Imperial College are at it again. Famed for their pioneering research into invisible sheds, they say they have applied the undetectable garden sanctum theory of metamaterials to produce a type of “space-time cloak.” Which translates from geek speak into “Were making a cape that will produce the “illusion of a Star Trek transporter”
The leading the team of Start Trek fanatics is Professor Martin McCall. He explains how the new idea works stating:
“Light normally slows down as it enters a material, but it is theoretically possible to manipulate the light rays so that some parts speed up and others slow down…This would mean that downstream of the metamaterial there would be an interruption in beams of photons travelling through space – creating a “corridor” in which “energy, information or matter can be transported undetected…If you had someone moving along the corridor, it would appear to a distant observer as if they had relocated instantaneously, creating the illusion of a Star-Trek transporter,”
No word on when we might see this transporter, but we like to think that by 2050 our commute to work will become a breeze.