These ultra-thin films could one day turn regular spectacles into night-vision goggles and also revolutionize several sectors, such as autonomous vehicle navigation, optical tomography, and food quality control.
The film is thinner than human hair and is made of nanoscale crystals. Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) say the prototype tech could replace the bulky night-vision goggles used by military and law-enforcement officials with a lightweight alternative, and could also make it safer to drive at night or walk home after dark.
‘The nanocrystal film is hundreds of times thinner than a human hair. It can be applied directly to glasses and acts as a filter, allowing us to see in the dark. We have made the invisible visible,’ lead researcher Dr. Rocio Camacho Morales said in a report published on the ANU website.
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