Transparent Metamaterials for Multispectral Camouflage with Thermal Management

Namkyu Lee, Joon Soo Lim, Injoong Chang, Donghwi Lee, Hyung Hee Cho

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Artificial camouflage surfaces, such as metamaterials, that interact with the electromagnetic (EM) wave represent an emerging field in which performance breakthroughs are occurring. In particular, the visible and infrared (IR) waves are of interest, because these waves are desirable for energy, military and space applications. However, needs of additional actuations, eccentric properties for a specific situation and complicated fabrications, with only a few reports to date, show that multispectral (visible and IR) camouflage surfaces are still challenging issues. Herein, we realize transparent metamaterials (TMM) as visible-IR camouflage surfaces. TMM achieves an average transmissivity of 0.44 in the visible regime. It also reduces the blackbody IR signature by 64% over 3-5 μm and 75% over 8-14 μm and dissipates 2200% more energy in the undetected band of 5-8 μm compared to an Au surface used for IR camouflage. These findings advance multispectral manipulation and expand energy applications in visible-IR waves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121173
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Human Resources Development program (No. 20204030200110) of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and also was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education(2019R1A6A3A03033316)

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© 2021 Elsevier Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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