Test & Measurement

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

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Method Tracks What Happens Inside Batteries
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Compact Infrared Spectrometer
This device fits on a computer chip but can analyze infrared light in the same way as a conventional spectrometer.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wafer-Scale Membrane Release Process
This process fabricates thin dielectric membranes with high mechanical yields.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Fabric Detects and Collects Space Dust
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensing Magnetic Fields
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
This system treats light-responsive disorders or deficits such as eating disorders, sleep problems, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Supercool Mini-Thermometer
Applications include monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.
The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Handheld Device Measures Cancer Biomarkers

Researchers have created the prototype for a handheld device to measure a biomarker for cancer. The device works much like the monitors that people with diabetes use to test their blood-sugar levels...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wearable Device Measures Cortisol in Sweat
This patch offers noninvasive and continuous monitoring of various biomarkers for a range of physiological conditions.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Handheld Device Diagnoses Skin Cancer
The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.
Combined with smartphone technology, the device becomes a portable system that can track, monitor, and diagnose infections.
This simple and inexpensive design achieves high-quality ozone measurements.
The system enables measurement of active or passive microstrip line devices with DC probing capability.
This system provides low-cost monitoring for machine health with audio-based artificial intelligence.
The mobile system could reduce healthcare workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
Applications include biomedical imaging, remote sensing, and heliophysics research.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Long-Range Wireless Sensor Network
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.
This sensor makes it possible to ensure that such systems more closely mimic the function of real organs.
The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
The response time of kinetic inductance bolometers can be greatly enhanced by electrothermal feedback for devices that are both sensitive and speedy.
This method could benefit next-generation electronics.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
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
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.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Measuring Optical Null Lens Aberrations
This method can be used in astronomy, surveillance, and optics manufacturing.

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