Imaging

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

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Testing Swarming Drones
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measuring Optical Null Lens Aberrations
This method can be used in astronomy, surveillance, and optics manufacturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
Real-time terahertz imaging with a single-pixel detector.
The instrument has uses in photography where the goal is to image a dim object near a bright one.
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
The newest version of these combs could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, and telecommunications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Laser Technology Assesses Cancer Cells
Laser light induces ultrasonic vibrations in a sample that can be used to image cells, blood vessels, and tissues.
Researchers tackled the problem using a geophysical measurement called seismic anisotropy.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Breathable Electronics for Wearable Technologies
The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
Biologically inspired ultrathin arrayed camera captures super-resolution images.
Briefs: Imaging
Ultrafast Camera Captures Transparent Objects and Phenomena
The camera can take up to 1 trillion pictures per second of transparent objects, shockwaves, and other phenomena.
Multiple commercial applications include defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
This method detects power line faults using a drone.
Video can be recreated from motion-blurred images and new cameras may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images.
Tiny, metal-rich particles can be excited with a low-power laser for deep-tissue imaging.
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Surgical Microscope
Imaging technology used to map the universe shows promise for more accurately and quickly identifying cancer cells in the operating room.
Briefs: Imaging
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Transparent Graphene Electrodes
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.

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