Amplitude-only, passive, broadband, optical spatial cloaking of very large objects

John C. Howell*, J. Benjamin Howell, Joseph S. Choi

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We demonstrate three amplitude cloaks that can hide very large spatial objects over the entire visible spectrum using only passive, off-the-shelf optics. The cloaked region for all of the devices exceeds 106mm3, with the largest exceeding 108mm3. Although unidirectional, these cloaks can hide the cloaked object, even if the object is transversely illuminated or self-illuminated. Due to the small usable solid angle, but simple scaling, these cloaks may be of value in hiding small field-of-view objects such as mid- to high-earth orbit satellites from earth-based observation. Active phase front manipulation can also make these cloaks invisible to some forms of image homodyning.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1958-1963
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 20 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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