Viewing posts for the category Ultrasensitive Instrument Design

Touch Panel Displays: Low-Cost Optical Front End

In cooperation with Flatfrog Laboratories AB, Lund, Sweden. This one was interesting mostly due to the requirement for high and stable performance at an absolute rock-bottom cost.

Plasmonic Nano-Antennas for Thermal Infrared Pixels

This was a seedling design study for a DARPA program that never got funded. It leveraged POEMS and my antenna-coupled tunnel junction devices, adding a couple of novel wrinkles: metal-insulator-metal varactors and parametric readout using a 10 GHz pump frequency. Hopefully there will be a chance to revisit this, because it was potentially a pretty sweet solution.

Long-range IR transceiver

For a large Far Eastern consumer electronics manufacturer to use in virtual reality games. A greatly improved transimpedance amplifier got them a factor of 10 in range (30 m vs. 3 m) for about the same amount of power.

Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Optical Communications Link

Photon Budget and Optical Data Receiver
This one was a somewhat similar application for the Navy.

Ad Hoc Optical Battlefield Network: Optical Data Receiver

This was a collaboration with Chris Wieland of Della Enterprises on an Army Research contract.