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Sensors & Test

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

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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
The dye, delivered along with a vaccine, could enable “on-patient” storage of vaccination history.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Long-Range Wireless Sensor Network
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart, Self-Powered Knee Implants
These implants can provide doctors with regular activity updates and are powered by the patient’s movement.
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Lab-On-Chip Flow and Temperature Sensor
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
The sensor enables detection of items for security screening, intrusion detection, forensics, and medical imaging.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
Briefs: Imaging
Infrared Detectors Enhance Night-Vision Cameras
The ability to enhance night vision could improve what can be seen in space, in chemical and biological disaster areas, and on the battlefield.
The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
A NIST method employs a neural network to detect patterns like geometric objects in imaging data.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Hybrid Material is an Efficient Photodetector
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Integrated Microchips for Electronic Skin
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Drawing Electronics on Human Skin
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
“EasyPass” would enable smart warehouses, automated factories, and more to operate without delays.
This method could benefit next-generation electronics.
These non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip pave the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
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.
This method integrates 3D plasmonic nanoarrays onto stickers that adhere to any surface.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Quantum Switch Turns Metals into Insulators
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
The tiny unit is significant for the miniaturization of optoelectronic systems.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Measuring Optical Null Lens Aberrations
This method can be used in astronomy, surveillance, and optics manufacturing.
The response time of kinetic inductance bolometers can be greatly enhanced by electrothermal feedback for devices that are both sensitive and speedy.
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.

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