A transparent metal & # 39; clay & # 39; was developed by American military scientists who can lead to new super cool screens and displays.
The material, made from a magnesium and aluminum based mineral called spinel, is much harder and lighter than bulletproof glass.
And the researchers claim it can be used to protect vehicles and cockpits in aircraft, spacecraft and satellites.
A transparent metal & # 39; clay & # 39; was developed by American military scientists who can lead to new super-hard screens and displays. The material, made from a magnesium and aluminum based mineral called spinel, is much more difficult and lighter than bulletproof glass and can be modeled in various forms (dome shown)
Some have compared the material to the transparent aluminum used to make the windows on the space ships in the popular TV series Star Trek.
But the scientists claim it can also be used to make scratch-resistant lenses for cameras and smartphones whose screens do not break when dropped.
BOEING DEVELOP STAR TREK-STYLE POWERFUL FOR VEHICLES
A force field that can protect vehicles against the destructive explosion waves ejected by explosions has been developed by aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
The company has received a patent for a device that seems to work like the fictional shields in science fiction films such as Star Wars and Star Trek.
The system works with an & # 39; arc generator & # 39; to be used to quickly heat the air for a shock wave, creating a cloud of electrically charged gas.
This, Boeing says, creates a buffer that can break, deflect and absorb the energy in the shock wave.
They say the device can be mounted on vehicles such as tanks and armored personnel carriers, buildings, planes, ships and submarines.
They say that the transparent armor could also find applications in military lasers and infrared equipment.
The material, which has taken more than ten years to develop, is made by compressing a nanopowder while it is heated to make a pure piece of spinel crystal.
This can then be modeled in the same way as traditional clay.
Dr. Jas Sanghera, who led the research at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, said the material outperformed bulletproof glass, which works by making layers of plastic and glass up to five centimeters thick that slow the passage of a bullet.
He said: & # 39; If you replaced that with spinel, you would reduce the weight by a factor of two or more. & # 39;
The crystal structure of glass means that once a crack forms on the surface, it will go all the way through and as a result bulletproof glass cannot be seen through.
Instead, windows made from spinel would not have the same problem.
Dr. Sanghera said: & It is as if you are navigating through the asteroid belt, you are making a winding path.
& # 39; When I have all these crystals together, the crack is bent to the hard crystals. You expel the crack energy. & # 39;
The material, which has taken more than ten years to develop, is made by compressing a nanopowder while it is heated to make a pure piece of spinel crystal. The researchers said that spinel (above) can be used to replace bulletproof glass because it is heavier and lighter
Although spinel occurs naturally, the researchers have discovered that they can artificially synthesize it into a powder like the one above, which can then be heated and pressed into various shapes, such as the optical discs shown above
Spinel windows and lenses can also be used to protect sensitive equipment such as this infrared military camera. It can also be used to make new dials and telephones that are really resistant to breaking
He added that backbone windows could help protect satellites and spacecraft that visited harsh environments on other planets.
& # 39; You could leave this out for a longer period of time, go to environments that are rougher than what they are now encountering and allow more options. & # 39;
He added that it can also be used to make new dials and smartphones that are really resistant to breaking.
Spinel, also known as magnesium aluminate, can naturally occur as a gem, such as the Black Prince's Ruby, a colored piece of spinel.
The crystal structure of glass means that once a crack forms on the surface, it will go all the way through and as a result bulletproof glass cannot be seen through. Instead, windows made from spinel would not have the same problem. Spinel (above) is completely transparent for light, even for infrared light
The team behind the new material (shown above) has spent nearly a decade developing the techniques
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory have synthesized their own ultra-pure spinel powder that they can form into crystal plates using a process that & # 39; sinter & & # 39; is mentioned in a hot press (photo)
However, researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory have synthesized their own ultra-pure spinel powder that can be turned into crystal sheets using a process that sintered in a hot press & # 39; is called.
The material has also been found to be optically very pure and can therefore be used to make lenses for sensitive infrared cameras & lasers.
Dr. Sanghera said: & # 39; Lasers can be seen as a box with optics. There is passive and there are active components: passive is only a protective window; is active where we change the color of the light that comes out on the other side.
& # 39; That (passive) window, if it has impurities or clutter, it can absorb that laser light. When it is absorbed, it becomes warm. & # 39;
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