Week in Review: 12/28/14 – 1/3/15

December 30, 2014

First 3D Metamaterials will enable higher resolution ultrasound, stealth submarines and other applications
Researchers have developed the first three dimensional metamaterials by combining physico-chemical formulation and microfluidics technology. This is a new generation of soft metamaterials that are easier to shape. In their experiment, the researchers got ultrasonic oscillations to move backwards while the energy carried by the wave moved forwards. Their work opens up new prospects, especially for high-resolution imaging (ultrasonography).

Top Breakthroughs Stories Of 2014
Artificial Muscle Spun From Fishing Line And Thread: Ordinary sewing thread can have superhuman power. That’s according to researchers at UT Dallas who discovered fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles — no Rumpelstiltskin required.

December 29, 2014

Innovation, invention, and just plain cool
Granted, it is unlikely that the laser turret being developed by Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Air Force, and the University of Notre Dame will ever be an option on a general aviation aircraft, but you have to admit it’s pretty cool that the developers used a Falcon 10 to test a laser turret.

A Week in Review: 12/8/13 – 12/14/13

December 9, 2013

AFRL Reducing Demand for Fuel, Water
When setting up an expeditionary base downrange, the Base Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Global Management Office (GMO) is responsible.

December 11, 2013

UNL-led team finds less is more with adding graphene to nanofibers
Figuring that if some is good, more must be better, researchers have been trying to pack more graphene, a supermaterial, into structural composites. Collaborative research led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers discovered that, in this case, less is more.

December 12, 2013

Light and sound fire scientists’ imaginations
Rice University researchers lead review of photonic, phononic metamaterials
Strategies to manipulate light and sound go back to the first spherical glass bead and the pounding of the first hollow log. But their full potential is only just becoming apparent, according to a review by materials scientists at Rice University and their colleagues.

December 13, 2013

USAFA Physics Dept. expands Falcon Telescope network to La Junta
Researchers at the Air Force Academy’s Department of Physics Center for Space Situational Awareness Research now have new university partners around the globe, thanks to a project combining satellite and educational outreach.

A Week in Review: 9/15/13 – 9/21/13

September 18, 2013

Beyond Quantum Simulation: JILA Physicists Create ‘Crystal’ of Spin-swapping Ultracold Gas Molecules
Physicists at JILA have created a crystal-like arrangement of ultra cold gas molecules that can swap quantum “spin” properties with nearby and distant partners. The novel structure might be used to simulate or invent new materials that derive exotic properties from quantum spin behavior, for electronics or other practical applications.

September 19, 2013

Air Force Support for a Metamaterial Future
Metamaterials have been in the news lately–and not only in technical journals. That is because the attributes of metamaterials are seemingly magical. When arranged just so, these extremely small manmade elements can alter the character of electromagnetic radiation in ways that no other material–either natural or manmade–can.


A week in Review: 6/24/12 to 6/30/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

June 25, 2012
Squashed nanotubes may be ripe with new possibilities for scientists, according to a new study by Rice University.
Researchers at Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology have come up with a set of facts and figures about carbon nanotubes that appear to collapse during the growth process; they found that these unique configurations have properties of both nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons.

June 26, 2012

Better surfaces could help dissipate heat
Heat transfer in everything from computer chips to powerplants could be improved through new analysis of surface textures.

June 27, 2012

WaveRider set for third hypersonic test-flight
Boeing expects to conduct the third flight of the X-51A WaveRider hypersonic technology demonstrator “imminently”, having spent the previous year investigating the source of an engine issue that caused the first two flights to be ended prematurely.

June 28, 2012

First 3D nanoscale optical cavities from metamaterials hold promise for nanolasers, photonic communications
The world’s smallest three-dimensional optical cavities with the potential to generate the world’s most intense nanolaser beams have been created by a scientific team led by researchers with the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

Research lab helps solve C-5 cracking issues
Newly developed structural technologies developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory have solved critical cracking issues with the C-5 cargo aircraft, thereby expanding the aircraft’s serviceability.

A Week in Review: 05/13/12 to 5/19/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

May 14, 2012

SmallSat Lab nurtures spaceport opportunities for NMSU students
New Mexico State University has received $99,999 from the Air Force Research Laboratory to re-establish the SmallSat Laboratory in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

New type of retinal prosthesis could better restore sight to blind
Using tiny solar-panel-like cells surgically placed underneath the retina, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a system that may someday restore sight to people who have lost vision because of certain types of degenerative eye diseases.

May 15, 2012

Air Force, EPA may collaborate
The Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are in talks about a research collaboration that could improve water decontamination detection and cleanup procedures, with applications for military and homeland security programs.

Adapter Could Help Air Force Get More Out of Its Launches
The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapter, also known as an ESPA ring, can give up to six 400-pound secondary satellites a ride into space, or be converted into one free-flying spacecraft….

May 16, 2012

Researchers Turn Algae Into Fuel at Tyndall’s Air Force Research Laboratory
Algae, it grows fast and it grows just about anywhere. That’s just one of the reasons the Air Force is trying to figure out how to use it as a fuel source. Researchers at Tyndall Air Force Base began exploring the possibilities of algae-based biofuel three years ago, and it looks promising.

May 17, 2012

New ‘metamaterial’ practical for optical advances
Researchers have taken a step toward overcoming a key obstacle in commercialising “hyperbolic metamaterials,” structures that could bring optical advances including ultrapowerful microscopes, computers and solar cells.

May 18, 2012

US Department of Defense Awards $155 Million in Research Funding
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced May 16 that it will issue 23 awards to academic institutions across the country to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The program expects to award $155 million over the next five years.

Purdue researchers use AZO for optical metamaterials
Researchers at Purdue University have shown how to create metamaterials without the traditional silver or gold previously required for creating optical metamaterials.