Metamaterial in supersonic

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Could we use something like carpet cloaking to reduce shockwave in supersonic or mach wave in transonic flight?

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CWatters
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Just curious... What is "Carpet cloaking" in this context?
 
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Just curious... What is "Carpet cloaking" in this context?
Using mechanical engineering students as a carpet to shield from shock waves :-)
At least that would stop them from designing highly CO2 emitting devices.

More seriously: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamaterial_cloaking
I suppose you can construct similar acoustical devices. However, I would guess that speed of sound has to be higher in them than the speed of the aircraft.
 
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