Infrared Film Uses Nanotechnology, Physics to Create Thinnest Night-Vision Glasses


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Israel researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed an infrared film that may reportedly be used in making the thinnest night-vision glasses and it relies upon nanotechnology and physics, reported Israeli news provider, No Camels.

The researchers claimed that the technology they created could replace the use of heavy night goggles that are usually used by soldiers because of its low-power consumption feature and its being lightweight. With the help of physics and nanotechnology, they have built an electronic component that also has a small battery.

Prof. Gabby Sarusi from the Ben-Gurion University and a faculty member of the Unit of Electro-Optical Engineering has first developed the stamp-like device. In one side, it is capable of reaching 1,500-nanometer infrared wavelengths and then it can convert these into a set of images that will be visible to the human eye on another side of the glass. The said stamp, or a film with a size that is half the thickness of a micron, is composed of the nano-metric layers, metal foil, and nano-columns, transforming infrared images into a set of visible images.

According to No Camels, the film may be placed in normal telescopes or glasses so that it will be transformed into infrared devices or just put in ordinary vision sensors so that it gives an ability to see objects that are usually not visible to the human eye.