Talk:Transparent aluminium

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Misleading and merge proposal[edit]

I have added a tag to this article because it is misleading by referring to the aluminium as transparent. In the everyday sense this suggests aluminium is visibly transparent which is clearly not the case. I note that the absorption of high energy x-rays by aluminium is pretty small and pretty much transparent to neutrons (it is often used as a transparent medium at neutron scattering beamlines for example) without any need of the saturable absorption process. Of course this isn't the only material that is transparent to such radiation. So although it is interesting that the transmission of a specific wavelength of soft x-rays is changed by saturable absorption of soft x-rays of the same wavelength, the use of "Transparent aluminium" for the title of this article is misleading. To be honest, I think the best cause of action is to merge this article into the Aluminium article and simply state that the x-ray transmission properties of Aluminium can be altered by using high intensity soft x-rays by the process of saturable absorption.Polyamorph (talk) 18:08, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

There was an unstoppable burst on WP when this was published. Sure, its just a study on saturable X-ray absorption where it probably belongs, not even in aluminum, as I don't recall anything there specific to Al (well, there were likely reasons to choose it, but likely experimental ones). Materialscientist (talk) 02:48, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
This article is purely based on one nature article and only seems notable because the authors put "transparent" in the title. I don't think we need a seperate article for every paper that happens to appear in high profile journals. I would agree with merging into saturable absorption under the new section "saturable X-ray absorption" or something similar. Polyamorph (talk) 07:58, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
And then redirect this article to List of Star Trek materials#Transparent aluminum since it's this fictional material that users are likelt to be searching for? Or it could be made into a disambiguation page.Polyamorph (talk) 08:22, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Merged and redirected as suggested (though I actually read the redirect suggestion after redirecting :-). Yes, people will likely be looking for Star Trek. Materialscientist (talk) 08:25, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Great, thanks :) Polyamorph (talk) 08:27, 15 January 2011 (UTC)