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Seeing in the Dark: Defense Applications of IR imaging

Valerie C. Coffey

Infrared imaging is used in many defense applications to enable high-resolution vision and identification in near and total darkness. Thanks to recent advances, optics companies and government labs are improving low-light-level vision... more>>


Towards an Integrated Chip-Scale Plasmonic Biosensor

Ryan M. Gelfand, Dibyendu Dey, John Kohoutek, Alireza Bonakdar, Soojung Claire Hur, Dino Di Carlo and Hooman Mohseni

Biosensing allows researchers to detect tiny amounts of harmful chemicals before they become major threats. These researchers are using advanced optical technologies to develop the biosensor of the futureā€”a plasmonic-based chip-scale device that will allow for compact, inexpensive, ubiquitous and sensitive detection. more>>

Insect Eyes Inspire Improved Solar Cells

Francesco Chiadini, Vincenzo Fiumara, Antonio Scaglione, Drew P. Pulsifer,

Taking a cue from nature, these researchers looked to the compound eyes of insects as a model for developing their unique approach to harvesting sunlight. more>>