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100% reflection free 'glass' unveiled in Japan - The new material uses a new metallo-nanostructural material to reduce the refractive index at the material's surface.
Unlike conventional multi-coating technology which reduces reflections, this new discovery by Japanese company Riken's Nanophotonics Laboratory uses rare metals such as gold and silver to take advantage of an optical phenomenon discovered by Sir David Brewster in 1815.
Prisms, called 'meta-material prisms,' are composed of transparent solid material like glass in which nano-meter sized coil of rare metals are processed and integrated. The technique which has been described by the company as 'opposing to common sense of optics' reduces the refractive index at the boundary between air and the material. Reflections are eliminated as a result.
The research company expect this technique to 'open a new age to develop new optical appliances'. Non reflective glass could allow for complicated multi-element lens designs that do not suffer from any ghosting or flare, with increased light transmission.
Details of the discovery can be found on the Riken website here (translated page)