Articles by Jof Enriquez

  1. ViDAR Optical Radar Installed In SKELDAR V-200 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    ViDAR (visual detection and ranging) -- the world's first optical radar designed for maritime search and detection – was recently incorporated as a payload in the SKELDAR V-200, a heavy fuel engine VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) made by Swiss-based UMS SKELDAR.

  2. Gated Digital Holography Enhances LIDAR's Ability To See Through Obscuration

    The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has utilized a new technique to enhance the precision of LiDAR (light detection and ranging) instruments to see through objects and ground features obscured by foliage.

  3. Optical Phased Array Technology Could Make Lens-Based Cameras Obsolete

    Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a 2D ultra-thin camera that uses an optical phased array (OPA), rather than the curved lenses and mechanical parts of a traditional camera, to capture images.

  4. New Virtual Reality Display Uses Optical Mapping To Ease Eye Fatigue

    A new type of 3D display being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign could pave the way for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets that do not cause headaches, nausea and eye fatigue symptoms commonly reported by users.

  5. Novel Fabrication Technique To Create Hybrid Silicon Lasers For Mass-Produced Photonic Devices

    Researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore have developed a new technique to fabricate hybrid silicon lasers that is considered more economical than current standard manufacturing methods.

  6. LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves From Merging Black Holes For Third Time

    The twin advanced detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) on Jan. 4, 2017 picked up an upward-sweeping "chirp," characteristic of gravitational waves, caused by the merger of two massive black holes some 3 billion light years away, researchers involved in the project announced recently.

  7. Scientists Fabricate Silicon-Doped Diamonds For Scalable Quantum Computers

    A team of researchers from MIT, Harvard University, and Sandia National Laboratories has devised a new technique to create and position silicon qubits in diamonds to within 50 nanometers of their optimal locations, making it more feasible than ever before to mass produce quantum computers.

  8. World's Thinnest Hologram Integrates With Smartphones And Wearables

    Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), working in collaboration with counterparts at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), have developed the world's thinnest nanometric hologram, making it possible for the first time to integrate 3D holography with smartphones and wearable devices.

  9. NASA Readies World's First Spaceborne Sodium LIDAR System

    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the world's first space-based sodium LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) instrument to study the nature and dynamics of the mesosphere, the poorly understood middle layer of the Earth's atmosphere, which lies 40-100 miles above Earth’s surface and separates the planet from the vacuum of space.

  10. EPFL Researchers Turn Mechanical Oscillator Into Quantum Reservoir

    Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have successfully demonstrated that cooling a mechanical oscillator close to its quantum ground state will turn it into a quantum reservoir that can shape the states of microwave photons in a superconducting circuit. It's the latest attempt to harness microwaves for quantum information processing.