60 second science: Butterflies and metamaterials

Inspired by intricate microscopic structures giving vivid colours in butterfly wings, Roy Sambles has created ‘metamaterials’ to manipulate light, microwaves and radio waves in unusual ways.

Professor Sambles from the University of Exeter is the winner of the 2012 Faraday Medal awarded by the Institute of Physics for pioneering research in experimental physics.

About the film

Filmed on location at Department of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom.

Director: Martyn Bull
Producer: Thomas Delfs
Camera: Mark Whatmore
Editors: Liam Angell, Mike Willbourne
Cast: Professor Roy Sambles

Production company: insitu
Client: Institute of Physics