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New Camera Sensor to Excel in Low Light

A team of researchers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has created a new imaging sensor which is highly sensitive to both visible and infrared light. This means that not only could your favourite DSLR be getting an upgrade, but satellite and surveillance cameras as well.

The new sensor is said to be 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional sensors used in today’s cameras with the source of its increased sensitivity coming from the unique design. The sensor is manufactured from graphene, a super strong carbon compound with a honeycomb structure that is as flexible as rubber, more conductive than silicon and which resists heat better than a diamond.

According to Wikipedia, “Graphene is an allotrope of carbon whose structure is a single planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms, that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. The term graphene was coined as a combination of graphite and the suffix -ene by Hanns-Peter Boehm, who described single-layer carbon foils in 1962. Graphene is most easily visualized as an atomic-scale chicken wire made of carbon atoms and their bonds. The crystalline or “flake” form of graphite consists of many graphene sheets stacked together.”

This will give traditional camera makers the opportunity to develop cameras that produce sharper images in lower light while increasing battery life. It will not however, replace the need for a flash as strobes can add contrast, definition and shape.

Source: Mashable

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