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Lockheed Martin Collaborates With Penn State on Metamaterials Breakthrough

NEWTOWN, Pa. Feb. 15, 2011 Pennsylvania State University

Erik Lier Penn State Nature Materials

Metamaterials have properties not found in nature. Electromagnetic metamaterials, like the one developed by the Lockheed Martin-Penn State collaboration, are designed to interact with and control the way electromagnetic waves travel, enabling new devices with radically different and improved performance.  Metamaterials can help make products smaller, which is important in space-based applications, and can also be less costly to manufacture.

"Many experts within government, industry and academia, have had doubts about electromagnetic metamaterials because they were perceived to have narrow bandwidth and high loss," said Lier. "The results we achieved in this collaborative effort challenged this paradigm, and I think we’ll see customers benefitting from this technology in the near-term."

Doug Werner

"We are extremely excited about the outcome of this collaboration, which represents a game change in the field of metamaterials," said Werner.  "In particular, we have succeeded in designing metamaterials that considerably improve conventional horn antennas by more than an octave bandwidth with negligible loss, and advanced the state-of-the-art in the process."

Jennifer Byrne Penn State

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