Ulf Leonhardt

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Ulf Leonhardt, FRSE (born October 9, 1965) is a German scientist, born in Schlema, Germany (formerly East Germany). In 2006, he published the first scientific paper on invisibility cloaking with metamaterials at the same time Pendry's group published their paper in the journal Science. He has been involved with the science of cloaking objects since then.[1][2][3][4]

He is a Wolfson Research Merit Award holder from the Royal Society, and he is currently Professor of Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is involved in research pertaining to metamaterials. Specific disciplines are quantum electrodynamics in media, perfect imaging, optical analogues of the event horizon, reverse casimir effect, metamaterial cloaking, quantum effects of optical phenomena involving Hawking radiation and Light in moving media.[1][5][6][7][8][9]


In 1993, Leonhardt earned his PhD (theoretical physics) from the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 1998 to 2000 he was in Stockholm at the Royal Institute of Technology as a Göran-Gustafsson Fellow. He held the chair (theoretical physics) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland between April, 2000 and 2012. Since 2012 he has been a Professor of Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Professor Ulf Leonhardt is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a recipient of the Otto Hahn Award of the Max Planck Society. In August 2009, the Royal Society's Theo Murphy Blue Skies award allowed Leonhardt to research a new theory for applying metamaterials to optical cloaking full-time.[1][10][11]

Books authored[edit]

Ulf Leonhardt has authored, coauthored or edited the following books:

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  1. ^ a b c d Biography "Geometry, Light, and a wee bit of Magic" (PDF). SINAM NANO Seminar presenting Professor Ulf Leonhardt. Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing (SINAM). November 30, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  2. ^ Hapgood, Fred; Grant, Andrew (From the April 2009 issue; published online 2009-03-10). "Metamaterial Revolution: The New Science of Making Anything Disappear". Discover (magazine). pp. 4 pages. Retrieved 2010-03-05.  Check date values in: |date=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  3. ^ "Extending the Art of Concealment". Science. 312 (5781): 1712a. 2006. doi:10.1126/science.312.5781.1712a. 
  4. ^ "High hopes for invisibility cloak". BBC News. August 20, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-11. In 2006, I began my involvement in turning invisibility from fiction into science ... 
  5. ^ Leonhardt, Ulf (2009). "Perfect imaging without negative refraction" (Free PDF download). New Journal of Physics. 11 (9): 093040. arXiv:0909.5305Freely accessible. Bibcode:2009NJPh...11i3040L. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/11/9/093040. 
  6. ^ Highfield, Roger (August 6, 2007). "Physicists have 'solved' mystery of levitation". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  7. ^ "Ulf Leonhardt" (Online web page). University of St Andrews. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  8. ^ Leonhardt, U. (2006). "Optical Conformal Mapping" (free PDF download). Science. 312 (5781): 1777–80. Bibcode:2006Sci...312.1777L. doi:10.1126/science.1126493. PMID 16728596. 
  9. ^ Leonhardt, Ulf (2011). "Fibre-optical analogue of the event horizon" (Online web page). University of St Andrews. 
  10. ^ "Professor working on practical cloaking device". PhysOrg.com. University of St Andrews. August 20, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-10. The Theo Murphy award aims to further 'blue skies' scientific discovery by investing in novel and ground-breaking research. Professor Leonhardt's work on invisibility, which he describes as the 'ultimate optical illusion' was deemed to fit the 'original and exciting' criteria. 
  11. ^ "Royal Society funding brings invisibility cloak a step closer". Inside Science. The Royal Society. August 20, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-10. Professor Ulf Leonhardt from the University of St Andrews has received the funding to develop his work on broadband invisibility and ultimately create the blueprint for a practical cloaking device. 

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