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Laser technology creates new forms of metal and enhances aircraft performance
Date:7/20/2009

l focused onto a spot the size of a needle," said Guo.

The unique nano-structures which are created from the laser affect the way liquid molecules interact with metal molecules. The liquid spreads out over the metal because the nano-structures attach themselves to the liquid's molecules more readily than the liquid's molecules bond to each other. The end result is the formation of a new kind of metal that can cool the plane's electronic brain and heat pumps and allow the craft to retain dominance over any enemy that is also in flight.

Currently, the researchers need only about half an hour to change the surface of metal that is approximately the size of a quarter. Nevertheless, their next goal is to make the metal even more quickly so they can meet the ever increasing demands of warfighting.


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Contact: Maria Callier
maria.callier@afosr.af.mil
703-696-7308
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
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