Sensors and Transducers

Fibre laser sensing trends

Fibre lasers have a large share of the laser material processing market but are typically limited to aerospace and defence applications in the sensing market segment. That is set to change within the next decade as emerging applications of fibre laser technologies include automotive LiDAR, multi-species gas sensing and structural health …

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Helicopters could bring new technologies to fighting brushfires

This year the UK has seen brushfires rage across large areas of heath and moorland, a problem that may become increasingly common as climate change drives global warming. New techniques and increased levels of expertise will be needed to combat these. Here we look at the potential of some emerging …

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Ricocheting radio waves monitor the tiniest movements in a room

Researchers from Duke University and Institut Langevin have shown that patterns made by radio waves can detect a person’s presence and location anywhere inside a room. This new motion-sensing technology could lead to new smart home devices for energy savings, security, healthcare and gaming. “Energy companies don’t love infrared motion …

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Scientists create a UV detector based on nanocrystals synthesised by using ion implantation

Scientists at the Lobachevsky University have been working for several years to develop solar-blind photodetectors operating in the UV spectral band. In the field of electronic technology, this is an important task, since such devices cut off emission with a wavelength higher than 280 nm, which helps to avoid interference …

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SKF and Hexatronic sign development partnership for industrialisation of fibre optic sensing systems

SKF and Proximion AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexatronic Group AB, have entered into a development partnership for the industrialisation of fibre optic sensing systems. The two parties will work together to combine SKF’s fibre optic bearing sensing technology with Proximion’s application integration experience and knowledge within development and production of advanced fibre optic sensors and data collection hardware …

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Sensor to monitor orbital debris outside space station

The International Space Station isn’t the only spacecraft orbiting the Earth. In fact, it is accompanied by the Hubble Space Telescope, satellites within the Earth Observing System, and more than 1,000 other operational spacecraft and CubeSats. In addition to spacecraft, bits of orbital debris – human-made objects no longer serving …

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Looking behind the scenes – Augmented reality in the industry

Augmented reality (AR) allows additional digital information to be shown on the display of a mobile device. In the industry this new technology opens up a huge potential and can be used in a variety of areas: from production planning, service and maintenance to employee training and further education. This …

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