A new system designed to protect soldiers from radiation may also make them invisible.
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Professor Michael Bank of the Jerusalem College of Technology is working to protect IDF soldiers from radiation exposures metamaterials, which may also someday be used to make soldiers invisible.
Professor Bank told the Times of Israel. “It’s true that metamaterials can be used for invisibility cloaks, and that’s a project we may work on one day. But for now, we are using it to keep radiation away from soldiers’ heads and upper body.”
At least one soldier in every IDF field unit is tasked with carrying highly advanced communications equipment which emits radioactivity, placing the soldier at risk. A metal deflector shaped like a small satellite dish is worn on the soldier’s head, and the curved design pushes the radioactive electromagnetic waves away.
While working on his deflector, Professor Bank discovered that the device can deflect not only radiation, but also light. This means that the metamaterials can actually make someone or something invisible.
A Russian born immigrant to Israel, Professor Michael Bank has both a B.A and M.Sc. degrees in communicational engineering from the Leningrad Institute of Communications and a Ph.D. degree in FM signal detection.
The author of four books and more than one hundred journal articles, Professor Bank proposed a new mobile communication method without Pilot Signals, which he named the Frequency Bank Signal and Single Wire Electricity.