Keyword: Glass

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new approach has allowed researchers at Aalto University to design a kind of metamaterial that has so far been beyond the reach of existing technologies. Unlike natural materials, metamaterials and metasurfaces can be tailored to have specific electromagnetic properties, which means scientists can create materials with features desirable for industrial applications.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Scientists discovered a new platform for quantum technologies by suspending two-dimensional (2D) crystals over pores in a slab of gold. When heated, the metal reflows to form a porous structure...

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Briefs: Imaging

Traditional glassmaking techniques can be costly and slow, and 3D printing glass often results in rough textures, making them unsuitable for smooth lenses. Using a new...

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Briefs: Automotive

All solid materials, including glass, have a property called elastic stiffness — also known as elastic modulus. It's a measure of how much force per unit area is needed to...

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

A new composition of germanosili-cate glass created by adding zinc oxide has properties good for lens applications. The new family of zinc germanosilicate glass has a high refractive index comparable...

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Articles: Photonics/Optics
A metal-coated fiber capable of withstands high temperatures.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A software makes industrial robots nimbler and almost as sensitive as human hands.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.
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Briefs: Materials
The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.
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NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
A bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D-printed metals.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
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Briefs: Materials
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
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Articles: Test & Measurement
See what kinds of applications require high-precision laser glass with demanding dimensional tolerances and high-power laser coatings.
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Articles: Photonics/Optics
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
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Technology Leaders: Nanotechnology
Highly technical glass-ceramic delivers optical precision at nanometer scale.
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Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The basis for the technology is a special resin that can be cured with UV light.
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Briefs: Materials
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
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Briefs: Materials
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.
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Articles: Test & Measurement
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Most of us know optical lenses as curved, transparent pieces of plastic or glass, designed to focus light for microscopes, spectacles, cameras, and more. For the most part, a...

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Briefs: Nanotechnology

Excess heat given off by smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices contributes to malfunctions and, in extreme cases, can even cause lithium batteries to explode. To guard...

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Briefs: Materials

The color of a material can often tell how it handles heat. With clothing, for example, the darker the pigment, the warmer you're likely to feel on a hot day. Likewise, the more...

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Briefs: Imaging
Microfocus, Dual-Energy Imaging System Improves Contaminant Detection

Contamination of food with fragments of bone, metal, glass, or other foreign material is a major concern in the food industry. Current inspection technologies often miss very small fragments embedded in meat or other soft materials or lead to ambiguous results that require...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Directly converting electrical power to heat is easy; however, converting heat into electrical power is not as easy. To address this issue, a tiny silicon-based device was developed that can...

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Briefs: Materials

A heat-rejecting film was developed that could be applied to a building’s windows to reflect up to 70 percent of the Sun’s incoming heat. The film remains highly transparent...

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Articles: Nanotechnology
INVISIBLE GLASS

Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) has developed a method for creating surface nanotextures that effectively...

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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to create amorphous metal (metallic glass) alloys on large scales using 3D printing technology. Metallic glasses lack the crystalline...

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