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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.

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Briefs: Imaging
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
A novel plate-cell architecture reaches the theoretical limit of performance.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Hardware for More Flexible Robots
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
Mini-magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies.
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
Applications include imaging, sensing, wireless communications, and medical treatments.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
High-Efficiency Laser for Silicon Chips
Applications include optical data transfer, infrared and night-vision systems, environmental sensors, and breath analysis for medical diagnosis.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Polymer Twists and Bends in the Presence of Light
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Special light sources and sensors see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling reconstruction of the shapes of unseen objects.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Streaming Software Speeds Apps
Apps could take up less space on a smartphone and apps could download instantly.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Briefs: Aerospace
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
This method could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second.
The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.

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