Imaging

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

Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.
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.
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smartphone-Based Diabetes Detector
This technology could be a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Materials
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: Imaging
Ultra-Miniaturized Microendoscope
The lens-free scope produces higher-quality images at a fraction of the size.
Briefs: Imaging
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.
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
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.
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A Near-Perfect Blackbody Calibration Target
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
The chip combines two functions — logic operations and data storage — into a single architecture, paving the way to more efficient devices.
The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.
The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.

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