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    Dwarf in the Playground

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    Default Nanostructure EM radiation blocker?

    Apparently, scientists have developed photonic crystal nanostructures that can block heat better than pure vacuum. Granted, this is almost 8 years old, but still I only recently saw this. Am I the only one who has to wonder if this can be calibrated or configured or whatever to block higher EM spectrums, especially x-rays and gamma rays? Cosmic ray proof windows could be a thing! lol probably a pipe dream I know but still I'm curious.
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    Ogre in the Playground
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    Default Re: Nanostructure EM radiation blocker?

    It appears to be a Faraday cage. It indeed does not actually stop heat, which means particle movement (although it will if you partner it with a vacuum or some traditional insulator, and maybe it even functions as one separately from the effect described) but it stops infrared radiation. The same principle would indeed work on higher energy photons, if they could make the material fine enough and when is a bit of a question.

    However, according to this article, the great thing about this material is that it was fine tuned exactly to not block visible ligt. They're looking at using it to collect solar energy. Presumably those folks are happy just lining stuff with lead or some equivalent if gamma radiation or some stuff needs to be kept out. In principle a method like this would allow for a lighter yet better blocker than lead, but it doesn't seem to be a priority to the researchers.

    I'm not sure if Faraday cages would also work on alpha (helium cores) and beta (electron) radiation, but if electron microscopes are an indication that last one would require a much smaller grid structure, I'm not sure there is even a theoretical way to do that using whole atoms.
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    Pixie in the Playground
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    Default Re: Nanostructure EM radiation blocker?

    Why would you need cosmic ray proof windows?

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    Dwarf in the Playground

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    Default Re: Nanostructure EM radiation blocker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximum77 View Post
    Why would you need cosmic ray proof windows?
    In a vehicle that wants to traverse high radiation volumes? Like a star, or a post-nuclear zone, or thousand other places.

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