3D acoustic cloaking device

Metamaterials

Duke ECE is home to world leaders in metamaterials and metasurfaces. Our faculty members demonstrated the world’s first negative refractive index metamaterial in 2000, and in 2006 a Duke ECE engineer invented a metamaterial “invisibility cloak” that renders objects undetectable at microwave frequencies. Currently, a $7.5 million DoD investment funds our proving ground for acoustic metamaterials, while eight companies—and counting—have grown from our research.

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Research Areas

  • Electromagnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Quantum nanophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Nonlinear, transformation and fiber optics
  • Electromagnetic cloaking

Centers

Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics


Good to Know

Willie Padilla

Willie Padilla was named among the 2019 Top 1% of Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics).

Steven Cummer

Steven Cummer was named among the 2019 Top 1% of Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics).

David Smith

David Smith was named among the 2019 Top 1% of Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics).

Maiken Mikkelsen

Maiken Mikkelsen won a 2019 Moore Inventor Fellowship to pursue hyperspectral cameras.

wave pattern

Machine Learning Shapes Microwaves for a Computer’s Eyes

Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects

light shining through silver cubes on top of a layer of gold with 3D molecules beneath

Hyperspectral Camera

Plasmonic light detector could revolutionize multispectral imaging for cancer, food safety and agriculture

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Energy Harvesting

Design would enable thermophotovoltaic devices that convert waste heat to electricity

Associated Faculty

Steven A. Cummer

Steven A. Cummer

William H. Younger Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: Theoretical and experimental electromagnetic problems related to geophysical remote sensing and engineered electromagnetic materials.

Natalia Litchinitser

Natalia Litchinitser

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nanophotonics; Photonic Metamaterials; Nonlinear Optics; Fiber Optics; Photonic Crystal Fibers

Maiken Mikkelsen

Maiken Mikkelsen

James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Quantum nanophotonics, plasmonics, light-matter interactions in artificially structured nanoscale materials, hybrid molecular-scale materials and spin phenomena in the solid state

Willie John Padilla

Willie John Padilla

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Theoretical and experimental investigation of electromagnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces, and their application to imaging and sensing at microwave, terahertz, and infrared frequencies

David R. Smith

David R. Smith

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Theory, simulation and demonstration of novel electromagnetic metamaterials across the spectrum, from microwave through optical. Applications of metamaterials for antennas and imaging devices, with a focus on security imaging and satellite imaging. General studies on advanced [...]