Novel Quantum Dot Technology Shows Promise in Simplifying Vehicle and Structural Surface Inspections

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A team of researchers from both the Air Force Institute and Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory are developing a paint that contains a material called quantum dots which can optically measure deformation of a surface. Quantum dots are the same materials used in new QLED television displays; however, they can also be used for a multitude of sensing applications such as deformation. The researchers used a new method of applying an interfacial layer between the quantum dot paint and the surface under investigation to help adhesion in harsh environments. The primary motivation behind this research is to make both quality assurance and maintenance of aircraft easier for the warfighter.


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