One of the things I'm working on for my science fiction setting are reasons for laser weapons to not be very prominent.
One of the ideas I came up with was for the primary hull plating of most ships to made from fictional alloys that become increasingly reflective to thermal energy as it heats up. Yes, the laser will eventually melt it, but the majority of the energy is deflected (or reflected depending on angle) as it gets closer to that melting point.
What I want to know is, what other behaviors would such alloys likely have? Or are there any real world materials with similar properties I can use as a reference to such a trait?
Would this unique property have any effect on its viability as an armor against kinetic and explosive weapons?
I'm also imagining this alloy will be difficult to re-melt after its formed the first time.