SAV cooperates with NASA on magnetic invisibility cloak

THE SLOVAK Academy of Science’s (SAV) Electrotechnical Institute is cooperating on creating a magnetic invisibility cloak with NASA.

Press briefing on invisibility cloak at SAV, January 19. Left to right Fedor Gömöry (SAV), Yoh Nagassaki (NASA) and Mykola Soloviov.Press briefing on invisibility cloak at SAV, January 19. Left to right Fedor Gömöry (SAV), Yoh Nagassaki (NASA) and Mykola Soloviov. (Source: TASR)

Both organisations decided to collaborate to make a magnetic invisibility cloak for laboratory animals. Such a cloak is an item which cannot be discovered by detectors of magnetic fields, while the magnetic material placed in it also remains undetected.

NASA has a long-term programme researching the effects of Earth’s magnetic field on live organisms – mainly to find out what would happen to an astronaut sent to space where there is no magnetism. This means travels to deep space, not just to the vicinity of our planet.

Fedor Gömöry of the Electrotechnical Institute told the SITA newswire that the issue of the magnetic field and its impact is a wider issue related to the creation of life and also biological processes connected with the magnetic field.

“They [NASA] are convinced that our cloak is ideal to create an apt environment with a zero magnetic field, and thus a good environment for experiments,” he said, as quoted by SITA. “We could study here, on Earth, what can happen with live organisms in Space.”

However, the SAV magnetic invisibility cloak is not yet perfect and it does not meet the standard of size NASA needs: they would need it to be big enough so that a mouse can get inside. This is doable in one year, Gömöry opined. The collaboration has started with a three-month professional stay of Yoh Nagasaki of NASA in Slovakia.    

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