A few years ago, the idea of using laser light to create a high-tech screen was pretty outlandish.
But then, a few years later, a laser is a lot more powerful than it seems.
A new study published in Applied Physics Letters has shown that the material used to make the new screen, called “plasma carbonate” can create a light-harvesting effect at wavelengths shorter than about 30 microns.
Plasmas, of course, are made up of a mixture of light that bounces off of a reflective surface, and some other material that bounces back and bounces some of that light back at an angle.
Researchers found that by manipulating the angle of light hitting the surface, the laser could change the shape of the plasmas.
When you’re looking at a photo of your house, it’s the same way; you see your house reflected in a light source.
But if you take a photo in front of a glowing blue screen, the blue screen will appear blue.
“The new laser material, in particular the plasma carbonates, are much better than any of the previous materials in this range,” said Robert Stokols, a materials scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“It’s a very interesting result.”
But the researchers also noted that the new material doesn’t produce a visible light output, so it won’t be able to be used in consumer products.
Plasma carbonation, which has been used to create other materials like fiberglass, has been the subject of several patent applications, but it’s difficult to make any sort of accurate measurements with the materials.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t use them for some applications, such as in a projector.
Because the new materials aren’t actually that efficient at creating light, you might want to use them instead for things like a camera lens.
A few people have already taken to the subreddit to try out the new plasma carbonate, and one person posted a video showing what happens when you try to take a laser beam from the projector to a mirror and back.
That video, and the researchers’ paper, can be seen below.
The video is still a little sketchy, so you’ll probably have to use your own eyes to figure out what happens.
But the result looks pretty promising.
And, while the researchers didn’t measure the laser’s output in real time, it sounds like the results were pretty consistent.
They also say that if they could make a plasma film using the same laser, it would produce a much higher resolution.
The next step, the researchers say, will be to see if the materials can be made to produce light in different wavelengths, so that the screen’s light can be reflected off the glass.
“Our goal is to create plasma films of a few nanometers in diameter,” Stokals said.
“We’ll see what happens if we can achieve that, but the next step is to actually make them.”
And if you’re interested in learning more about how lasers work, you can watch the researchers explain the process in the video below.