Australia’s Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication applied a catalyst layer using atomic layer deposition to this occulter mask (Image: NASA)
Lachlan Hyde works with one of two ALD systems at Australia’s Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (Photo: MCN)
Principal Investigator John Hagopian and his team have developed a new technique to apply a super-black nanotech-based material to 3D components (Photo: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn)
Technicians work on the ALD process at Australia's Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (Photo: MCN)
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes are tiny hollow tubes made of pure carbon about 10,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair (Photo: NASA)
Super-black nanotechnology might sound like something ripped from the pages of a comic book, but instead of being in the hands of a super-villain, it's a NASA-researched technology that is set to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without increasing their size. John Hagopian, an optics engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and his team have demonstrated the ability to grow a uniform layer of carbon nanotubes on oddly shaped platforms, which will extend the potential of the technology by allowing nanotubes to be grown on 3D components.
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