South Korean scientists have developed a flexible film-like sensor made of composite materials that can withstand strong radiation and detect differences in pressure and temperature. The sensor can be used in the production of robots capable of performing reconnaissance missions in radioactive areas. It is planned to commercialize the project in two years.
According to the State Research Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications (ETRI), the new sensor does not respond physically and chemically to high doses of radiation. During testing at the laboratory of the Korean Atomic Energy Institute (KAERI) in Chongyup, when the sensor was irradiated with 20 kilograms of radiation using cobalt-60 for 24 hours, its performance did not change.
Also, due to the good ability of the sensor to hold electromagnetic waves, the developers hope to use it in environments with a large number of electromagnetic interference to protect people.