Researchers from the National Laboratory of Physics and the Imperial College of London have discovered a simpler way of creating “mases” – Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (“microwave amplification by stimulating radiation emission”, in Portuguese).
According to the BBCThis device can, for example, detect a small tumor before it spreads or operate a radio telescope – an instrument for detecting and measuring radio frequency electromagnetic radiation – that would put us in contact with extraterrestrials.
“We can build a radio telescope that has low noise, a hundred times more sensitive than the best we have today, and we can detect extraterrestrial intelligence that has not yet been detected,” explains team leader Dr. Mark Oxborrow. “This device can revolutionize the world in the same way that lasers did,” he added.
The difference of this maser is simplicity. The old devices, invented in the 1950s, need extreme magnetic fields, low pressures and temperatures, vacuum and special liquids. It works at room temperature and requires nothing different.
“When lasers were invented no one knew exactly how they would be used, but technology flourished to the point that lasers have become ubiquitous in our daily lives. We still have a long way to go, but our discovery means that this technology can literally go out of concept and start to become more useful “, finished Oxborrow.
As these masers can smoothly pass through the human body, clouds and solid materials, the applications are numerous. Can you imagine picking up a foreign signal or detecting an early stage cancer?
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