Graphene may enable cheap, small, light and efficient infrared cameras and night goggles

The Electronic Materials Research Institute (eMRI) at Northeastern University will develop a graphene-based technology for use in low-cost infrared imaging applications for the US military. eMRI signed the research agreement with the United States Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, Md. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is also collaborating in this project.

According to researchers from eMRI, graphene can potentially revolutionize infrared cameras or night vision goggles used in a variety of military and civilian applications - enabling cheaper cameras which are low on size, weight and power. The research will focus on designing graphene-based bolometers, which measure heat generated by objects or people. The long-term goal is to license and mass-produce the technology for low-cost infrared cameras.

Posted: Dec 15,2011 by Ron Mertens