Lead researcher Dr Rocio Camacho Morales, who has helped to develop a new nanocrystal film that lets people see in the dark. Picture: Jamie Kidston
Being able to see in the dark without the use of night-vision goggles could soon become reality, thanks to a breakthrough from Canberra scientists.
Researchers at the Australian National University have helped to develop a thin film made of nanoscale crystals that would allow users to see clearly at night.
The film, thinner than a human hair, has the potential to be placed on a standard pair of glasses, allowing them to be used for night vision.
Lead researcher on the project and postdoctoral fellow at the university, Dr Rocio Camacho Morales, said the new technology had the potential for a wide variety of uses.
"This is a very important breakthrough, and it will be able to provide lots of opportunities, like being able to drive more safely at night in case an animal jumps out of nowhere," Dr Morales said.