In the mind of most people, crystals are something stable, durable and resistant to external influences. The materials created by Siberian scientists from the International Tomographic Center also have a crystalline structure, but unlike their "stable relatives" they lead a very active "lifestyle."
When exposed to radiation or a sudden change in temperature, they begin, like chameleons, to change their color and even jump.
According to the director of the center Viktor Ovcharenko, this happens as a result of the decomposition process, which is accompanied by the release of oxygen. As it accumulates, internal tension builds up, and tiny reservoirs burst. The released energy is transformed into a "jump". To "cool the heat" of mobile crystals, they are placed in a refrigerator.
The center's specialists have developed compounds that take on a bright color in cold conditions, which also goes against the established ideas. The fact is that, as a rule, at low temperatures, substances "fade".
According to Ovcharenko, the materials created in the near future will become the basis for new generation sensors and indicators that respond to radiation and can withstand ultra-low temperatures in space or the Arctic. Japanese specialists have already shown interest in the new Russian development with the intention to create sensitive seismic sensors on their basis.