Kirigami-inspired technique manipulates light at the nanoscale

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Nanokirigami is based on the ancient arts of origami (making 3D shapes by folding paper) and kirigami (which allows cutting as well as folding) but applied to flat materials at the nanoscale. Now, researchers at MIT and in China have applied this approach to the creation of nanodevices to manipulate light, potentially opening new possibilities for light-based communications, detection, or computational devices.