Though surprising, but the discovery has been Big. Oxford scientists have been able to invent a new state of Matter – “Transparent Aluminium” – which is Transparent to UV Rays.
They created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.
– says Physorg.com
According to Professor Justin Wark—from the Oxford University’s Department of Physics—the discovery is “almost as surprising as finding that you can turn lead into gold with light!” They achieved this alchemical miracle by knocking down a “core electron from every aluminium atom,” but without disrupting the metal structure with the laser bombing.
”What we have created is a completely new state of matter nobody has seen before,’ said Professor Justin Wark of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, one of the authors of the paper. ‘Transparent aluminium is just the start. The physical properties of the matter we are creating are relevant to the conditions inside large planets, and we also hope that by studying it we can gain a greater understanding of what is going on during the creation of ‘miniature stars’ created by high-power laser implosions, which may one day allow the power of nuclear fusion to be harnessed here on Earth.” — says Wark
Wark says that this will give them insight into the creation of miniature stars with high-power laser implosions, “which may one day allow the power of nuclear fusion to be harnessed here on Earth.” Or destroy us all.
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