Army Scientists Devise New Way to Make Night Vision Cheaper, Better

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April 23, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: April 23 on

Army scientists have discovered a new way to create night vision that could be cheaper and provide better vision than current methods.

Scientists at Stony Brook University, who partnered with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, have found ways to reconfigure materials that previous researchers considered incapable of use in night vision devices, officials said in an Army press release.

This discovery and method of altering the compounds could produce a less expensive way to fabricate the key materials used to build night vision. And scientists say the new configuration could give soldier better vision as well.

“The more sensitive such a camera is, or in other words, the smaller the color temperature differences are that it can see, the more details that can be discerned on a battlefield, and enemies can be detected at longer ranges,” said Wendy Sarney, who, along with Stefan Svensson, developed the new method for using the materials.