Tech Briefs

Photonics & Imaging

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

Latest Tech Briefs

These engines will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly.
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Imaging Space Debris in High Resolution
A team has introduced a new method for taking high-res images of fast-moving and rotating objects in space, such as satellites or debris in low-Earth orbit.
Briefs: Materials
Turning Diamond into Metal
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Medium Entropy Alloy
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Resolution Multi-Spectral Camera
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smartphone-Based Diabetes Detector
This technology could be a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Power, Portable Terahertz Laser
The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities into hospitals, airports, or other settings.
These technologies help compress 3D camera files and automate focus and exposure settings.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Completely Flat Fisheye Lens
The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Plenoptic Camera
This camera enables multi-spectral imaging for metrology.
Medical instruments equipped with a soft electronics system improve diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in minimally invasive surgeries.
This nanoparticle-based adhesive is visible in common imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT).
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Ultra-Miniaturized Microendoscope
The lens-free scope produces higher-quality images at a fraction of the size.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Ultrasonic Projector
A chip-based technology generates sound profiles with high resolution and intensity to make ultrasound therapy more effective and easier.
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Low-Cost Strengthened Glass Substrates
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fast-Tunable Laser System
The system provides high tuning capability and extreme simplicity.
The device recharges the internal battery of implants without invasive surgery.
Briefs: Motion Control
Laser-Light-Based Accelerometer
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Researchers are tapping into dynamically controlled LEDs to create a simple illumination system for 3D imaging.
Imagine being able to snap a picture of extremely fast events on the order of a picosecond.
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
A novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spans seven optical octaves.

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