Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Transparent aluminum created

  1. Jul 28, 2009 #1
    very cool. & it isn't even the 23rd century yet. i can't even find the part of the abstract where they say they turned it transparent though :tongue2: (i guess it's the 3rd sentence?)

    Last edited: Jul 28, 2009
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 28, 2009 #2
    1) How is an "ion" a whole new state of matter?

    2) My graphics textbook says that metals can be modeled well as dielectrics with very high optical density, and that thin pieces of metal do look transparent naturally

    3) "the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser." sounds pretty impressive until you learn that,

    "The world's brightest X-ray source sprang to life last week at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) offers researchers the first-ever glimpse of high-energy or "hard" X-ray laser light produced in a laboratory."

    (this coming from my previous post about the new X-ray laser),
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=309012&highlight=x-ray+laser [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  4. Jul 29, 2009 #3
    Haven't people been playing with this for almost five years now? Or is this something different?

    Transparent Aluminum Armor
    http://www.space.com/technology/top10-star-trek-tech-3.html [Broken]

    How Transparent Aluminum Armor Works
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  5. Jul 29, 2009 #4

    Ivan Seeking

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Recall that Scotty gave us the formula back in the 1980s [90s?] when he came back to get some whales.
  6. Jul 29, 2009 #5
    you mean this one

    http://www.scifitv.com.au/Content/Blog/Pictures/Transparent_Aluminum2.jpg [Broken]

    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  7. Jul 29, 2009 #6
    That was a good star trek movie :) much better than the latest one
  8. Jul 29, 2009 #7


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    If you are allowed to use oxides then transparent aluminium isn't all that rare.

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook