US government may remove your reflection

Glass demo from Brookhave National Laboratory

Screen reflections could be a thing of the past if a discovery at a US government organisation is taken up by manufacturers.

Scientists at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), a US Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory—have found a way to cut out reflections from glass surfaces. 

The method etches tiny nanoscale features in to the glass to change the refractive index of a glass surface. To the human eye this effectively removes reflections and makes glass virtually invisible. 

“We’re excited about the possibilities,” said CFN director Charles Black, corresponding author on the paper published online on October 30 in Applied Physics Letters. “Not only is the performance of these nanostructured materials extremely high, but we’re also implementing ideas from nanoscience in a manner that we believe is conducive to large-scale manufacturing.”

Former Brookhaven Lab postdocs Andreas Liapis, now a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Wellman Center for Photomedicine, and Atikur Rahman, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, are co-authors.
Article from Brookhaven Laboratory