Imaging

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

A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
A research team has built a super-high-speed microscope.
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
A new CT scan method using intense synchrotron radiation produces higher quality images within milliseconds.
This program provides a relative navigation capability for spacecraft, remotely operated terrestrial vehicles, and machine vision.
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks such as setting a table.
The process provides a cost-effective solution for applications in space-based imaging systems, military reconnaissance, and satellite and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display 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.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Device Tests Drugs on Tumor Tissue
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.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Seeing Around Corners to Detect Object Shapes
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.
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.
Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
This system places virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on cellphone screens and lets people interact with those objects by hand as if they were really there.
Equipment-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military, and rescue applications.

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