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  • n. A nanoscale antenna-like structure for sending and transmitting electromagnetic waves.


nano- +‎ antenna (Wiktionary)


  • The technique involves the embedding of square spirals of conducting metal onto a sheet of plastic, each of which, referred to as a “nanoantenna,” just 1/25 the diameter of a human hair.

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  • Due to their size — each interlocking spiral nanoantenna is as wide as 1/25 the diameter of a human hair — the nanoantennas absorb energy in the infrared part of the spectrum, just outside the range of what is visible to the eye. » Twilight time

  • Although infrared rays create an alternating current in the nanoantenna, the frequency of the current switches back and forth ten thousand billion times a second — much too fast for electrical appliances, which operate on currents that oscillate only 60 times a second. » Twilight time

  • With the new 3D nanoantenna, "you could change the direction of the light so it propagates through the active regions of the solar cells to maximize [energy]." Top headlines

  • Call it what you will - the world's first 3D nanoantenna or an invisibility cloak - but asight. Top headlines

  • Call it what you will - the world's first 3D nanoantenna or an invisibility cloak - but a new metamaterial created by Rice University scientists could hide objects from human sight. Top headlines

  • Reflecting all the gathered light in one direction means that the nanoantenna acts kind of like a mirrored magnifying glass, concentrating the light at a particular point. Top headlines

  • Since no light is reflected back into an observer's eye, the nanoantenna-coated object is hidden. Top headlines

  • Practical uses for the nanoantenna go beyond hiding things. Top headlines

  • That is a little closer to market than nanoantenna sheets.



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