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Crystal is one-way street for microwaves

Crystal is one-way street for microwaves

作者:铁咤罗  时间:2019-03-14 01:14:01  人气:

IT IS like a valve for light – the first material that transmits electromagnetic radiation in one direction only. Zheng Wang and colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made what’s known as a photonic crystal from an array of ferrite rods. Ordinarily the rods reflect microwaves in all directions, but when Wang adds a strong magnetic field, everything changes. Microwaves bouncing off the magnetised rods in one direction are modified to become “evanescent”, fading as they travel. Waves heading the other way carry on unhindered. Wang is now working on plans to adapt his device for higher frequency radiation,