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    Russian Scientists Obtain Unique Material to Make Combat Vehicles Invisible

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    A team of researchers at Moscow's National University of Science and Technology (NUST MISIS) have come up with a unique metamaterial which can make combat vehicles invisible, the authoritative scientific journal Physical Review wrote.

    Metamaterial is a substance engineered to have a property that is not found in nature. It is capable of manipulating electromagnetic waves by blocking, absorbing, enhancing, or bending them to make things invisible.

    Metamaterials can be widely used in the development of new types of weapons and the design of supercomputers where conventional electrical signals will make way for photonic ones.

    The NUST MISIS team worked closely with colleagues from the University of Crete, Greece. In 2016 Russia and Greece signed a memorandum on cooperation in quantum technology research and joint financing of this work, including the study of metamaterials.

    “The experimental part of our research was the creation of a one-of-a-kind metamaterial consisting of a small flat grid of the so-called meta-molecules cut out from a solid piece of ordinary steel,” the project’s director Alexei Basharin was quoted as saying by the NUST MISIS press service.

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      Project’s director Alexei Basharin
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    Metamaterial, which can make combat vehicles invisible

    Basharin said that thanks to the special shape and configuration of these cells the scientists managed to obtain metamaterial with absolutely unique properties. This metamaterial can be used to make supersensitive sensors to detect explosives and chemical weapons.

    “An addition of a nonlinear semiconductor will turn the metamaterial into an adjustable screen for stealth technologies, which make fighting vehicles less visible  in radio, infrared and other bands,” the NUST MISIS press service said in a statement.

    The newly obtained metamaterial can also become a vital element of the latest types of lasers and serve the basis for quantum computers.

    “The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and other space-related organizations have already shown interest in the new material,” the NUST MISIS statement said. 

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    • Jammy
      "invisible" yes now i see and that must be what the B52 american bomber was that bombed Syria a week ago and it took that long for it to make the news because of a russian gag order due to the S400's being turned off yet again.

      No point developing new weapons unless you are prepaired to use them unless you happen to own shares in military contractors so lets move on about the new buzz words "Fake news" and look at "Fake Wars" because thats just what i am starting to see.
    • avatar
      Good for you Russia.
    • avatar
      interesting development
    • Vickey Palzor Lepcha
      This is amazing - but it would be nice to understand what " invisible " actually means and comes down to in military terms
    • horseguards
      Usually means invisible to radar, that is, avoids detection. The generic term is "stealth technology." The current, controversial US fighter, the F-35, is claimed to be invisible. However, there are grave doubts regarding the claim.
    • horseguardsin reply toJammy(Show commentHide comment)
      Jammy, "S400's being turned off yet again." To what are you referring?
    • avatar
      When some advanced technology is announced, it usually means it has been developed and trialled over a fairly long period of time. It also means it has more extensive capabilities than those revealed to the public.
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