describes a new type of composite negative refractive index material that
can bend light the “wrong way” providing a wide range of optical and
The material is made
up of reflective and transparent Further development of the material is
needed but it is anticipated that it can be used to shrink infrared optical
systems and create a super lens to see objects the size of a nanometer — about
one-100,000th of a human hair’s diameter. It could also improve electronic
manufacturing, data storage and medical systems.
This invention is
further described in issued U.S. Patent number 7,421,178.