(I have a feeling it's transparent only to UV, not full spectrum....)
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From: Sally Springett
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 11:01:27 -0400
Subject: [BR2] Scotty Would Be Proud
Scotty Would Be Proud
Scientists claim to have created a form of aluminum that previously
only existed in science fiction. In this week's Nature Physics, an
international research team led by Oxford University scientists report that
they have created "transparent aluminum" by bombarding the metal with the
world's most powerful soft X-ray laser.
"Transparent aluminum" was
featured in the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, wherein Chief
Engineer Montgomery Scott shares the chemical formula in exchange for acrylic
The scientists report that a short pulse from Germany's FLASH
laser produced extremely brief pulses of soft X-ray light each one more
powerful than the output of a power plant that provides electricity to a whole
city which "knocked out" a core electron from every aluminum atom in a
sample without disrupting the metal's crystalline structure. This turned the
aluminum nearly invisible to extreme ultraviolet radiation, according to Oxford
University press materials (via PhysOrg.com).
we have created is a completely new state of matter nobody has seen before,"
Professor Justin Wark of Oxford University Department of Physics, one of the
paper's authors, said.
Star Trek technical manuals indicate that
transparent aluminum is used in various fittings in starships, including
exterior ship portals and windows. The real scientists believe their finding
will lead to further work relevant to planetary science and nuclear
Star Trek Devices and Mind-Boggling
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