Alkim Akyurtlu, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Imagine being able to “see” structures or organisms, such as individual viruses or DNA molecules, measuring only billionths of a meter in size. Or watch live interactions between biological cells in real time and in their natural environment.
That’s the goal of researchers worldwide in developing a so-called superlens, or “perfect” lens. They are using a new class of engineered synthetic materials — called negative refractive index metamaterials — in trying to achieve resolution beyond the diffraction limit of ordinary optical microscopes.
One of the scientists working in this field is electrical and computer engineering Assoc. Prof. Alkim Akyurtlu, who recently received a three-year grant totaling about $650,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study such metamaterials.