Science China Information Sciences

, Volume 56, Issue 12, pp 1–11

Invisibility cloaks from forward design to inverse design

Special Focus Progress of Projects Supported by NSFC

DOI: 10.1007/s11432-013-5033-0

Cite this article as:
Xu, S., Wang, Y., Zhang, B. et al. Sci. China Inf. Sci. (2013) 56: 1. doi:10.1007/s11432-013-5033-0


In this paper, we review the invisibility cloak design methodologies and their experimental developments from a practical perspective, as well as basic underlying theories, derived materials, and experimental implementations. Particular stress is laid on the recent transition from forward design to inverse design where some significant limitations of previous cloaking solution in practice can be solved. We anticipate that future invisibility cloaking devices will be based on integration of both forward and inverse designs.


invisibility cloak transformation optics metamterials inverse design scattering 

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© Science China Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical InstrumentationZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.The Electromagnetics Academy at Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of Information Science & Electronic EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  4. 4.Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical SciencesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  5. 5.Centre for Disruptive Photonic TechnologiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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