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Photonics & Imaging

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Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on photonics and imaging, from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

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Briefs: Imaging
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Briefs: Imaging
The ultra-compact, wearable hologram sensor immediately notifies the user of volatile gas detection.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Briefs: Imaging
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Briefs: Materials
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Materials
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
An atom-based sensor can determine the direction of an incoming radio signal.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The technology potentially enables a new generation of miniaturized electronic and optoelectronic devices.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Aerospace
Dangerous “butterfly” landmines can be detected using low-cost drones and infrared cameras.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Aerospace
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Energy
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Briefs: Automotive
The LiDAR-based system could “see through” objects to warn of potential hazards without distracting the driver.
Briefs: Transportation
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technology bends light more efficiently, enabling more immersive augmented reality display systems.
Briefs: Imaging
This tool could help surgeons better treat tumors and brain diseases.
Briefs: Transportation
Movements of individual particles of light are reconstructed to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.
Briefs: Materials
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.
Briefs: Imaging
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.

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