Mirrors are used every day by nearly everyone. A reasonably accurate, inexpensive mirror can be made by simply silvering a plate of glass. Deliberate distortions can be made by forming the glass into shapes, such as fun-house mirrors that can make you appear shorter, taller, stout or slender.
Mirrors formed in exact shapes are critical components in systems developed for a broad range of technology applications, including any laser-based system, night vision, solar energy harvesting, high-speed telecommunications, and many others. Optical-quality mirrors are commonly formed with delicate precious metal coatings applied to precision-ground glass substrates. These mirrors are heavy, brittle, bulky and expensive. The coatings are thin and easily compromised.
The amorphous structure of Liquidmetal creates a solid free of imperfections. The material’s subatomic structure lacks grain boundaries, allowing metallic glass planes and faces to be polished to a highly reflective sub-micron finish. Liquidmetal can then be thermoplastically formed by heating and pressing it against a mold to create a flawless mirror in nearly any shape without losing the quality of the surface finish. The result is a mirror that is extremely rugged, even impervious to radiation. That’s a reflection you can count on.