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UM research could expand sonar, medical imaging

Researchers from the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering have developed breakthrough technology to improve sound sensors through the use of artificially engineered materials, or metamaterials. The research is being directed by Miao Yu, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and was published this week in Nature Communications. Applications of the research could include improving the capabilities of sonar devices and medical imaging that detects cancer. The metamaterials could expand the range of signals picked up by such devices.