Research into using metamaterials in optics has already produced the possibility of an invisibility cloak.
To take these ideas further into allied areas of advanced materials £2.5 million is being invested by the UK's Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.
Researchers will apply concepts to fields such as acoustic metamaterials, thermal cloaking and to engineer designer metamaterials with specific properties. UK scientists based at Imperial College London, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University will work on the five year study, that is positioned to span, and take advantage of, both mathematics and physics.
Professor Richard Craster, project lead, from Imperial College London, said, “This is an unusual and novel grant in metamaterials as it is centred around mathematical concepts and theory but nonetheless with considerable input from physics."
“The collaboration with our colleagues from the physics group, where metamaterials were originally developed, will provide unique insight and access to cutting edge ideas from physics that mathematicians can turn into solid rigorous theory. Conversely theoretical advances from mathematics can be fed directly and swiftly back into experiments and design.”
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