Tunable Visible Cloaking Using Liquid Diffusion

Xiaoqiang Zhu, Li Liang, Yunfeng Zuo, Xuming Zhang, Yi Yang

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A method is introduced for the design of invisibility cloaks inspired by fluid dynamics that is different from traditional transformation optics. The inhomogeneous refractive index of the liquid cloak controlled by the natural liquid diffusion is analogous to its counterpart designed by transformation optics. Here, a tunable liquid visible cloak is experimentally presented by the natural diffusion of miscible flows. This method avoids the use of complex nanostructures in its solid counterpart, and provides a simple and low-cost approach. This implies that optofluidics can be used as a technology to make real-time reconfigurable transformation optic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700066
JournalLaser and Photonics Reviews
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • convection-diffusion
  • invisible cloak
  • optofluidic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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