Perfect Mirror Design Technology
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The discovery of a significant advance in mirror design technology, which began with AFOSR funding, offers potential for vast improvements in many Air Force applications. MIT researchers and graduate students have invented a perfect mirror which combines the best features of the two previously known types of mirrors - metallic and dielectric - by reflecting light at any angle with virtually no loss of energy. Among other benefits, the anticipated advance will provide large diameter low loss mirrors in space for advanced communication and surveillance systems coatings on aerospace systems with controlled radiation emission in specific frequency ranges advanced optical and optoelectronic systems such as non-mechanical laser beam steering devices.