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A comprehensive library of technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories covering all aspects of innovations in electronics, software, photonics, imaging, motion control, automation, sensors, test, materials, manufacturing, mechanical, and mechatronics.

Latest Tech Briefs

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
With this advance, so-called “flextronics” move closer to reality.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The inexpensive, convenient devices can measure exposure to a class of chemicals that can be harmful during pregnancy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method could help firefighters find victims inside buildings and could track hypersonic objects such as missiles and space debris.
Briefs: Materials
The technology could be key to lighter, less expensive, and long-lasting batteries for future electric vehicles.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modern PLCs now include IT-capable software and communications protocols, empowering users to easily access edge-sourced data and integrate it with the enterprise.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Growing large-area graphene on optical substrates enables use in photonics devices.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The process produces rapid, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly material.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology provides accurate results on concentrations below levels that represent an immediate danger to life and health.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fano Resonance Optical Coatings (FROCs) can both transmit and reflect the same color simultaneously.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The approach achieves near 100% light emission efficiency at all brightness levels.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
New Variables for Iterative Transform Phase Retrieval
This approach provides a more general framework for performing Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) calculations.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The model helps researchers fine-tune battery performance.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include planetary exploration and imaging systems used in surveillance, navigation, and target recognition.
Briefs: Materials
A new anode for aqueous batteries uses seawater as an electrolyte.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This component takes up ten times less space on computer chips.
Briefs: Software
This evaluation tool for low-altitude air traffic operations can be used by the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry.
Briefs: Materials
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The protective coating works like body armor for the atomically thin materials.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The device paves the way for better prosthetic control and seamless interaction with electronic devices.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The ultrathin magnet could advance new applications in computing and electronics.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The method could be applied to carbon waste streams.
Briefs: Energy
An already ubiquitous material in outdoor photovoltaic modules could be repurposed for indoor devices with low-capacity batteries.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The electricity can be used to power wireless devices or to charge energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This combination of technologies could enable developments for many optical applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include telecommunications, optical switching, and quantum computing.
Briefs: Aerospace
The compact instrument measures thermal conductivity of materials at below ambient temperatures.
Briefs: AR/AI
This AI turns even the blurriest photo into realistic computer-generated faces in HD.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive.

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