Nov 29, 2022

New light-controlling device could allow LIDAR to image scenes a million times faster

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Controlling light “has been a recurring research theme since antiquity.”

An international group of researchers, led by a team at MIT, spent more than four years developing technologies for high-speed optical beam forming.

The researchers also developed a pioneering fabrication process that will ensure the quality of the device if and when it is manufactured at scale.

Sampson Wilcox.

They have now presented the fruits of their labor: a programmable, wireless device that can control light. The new system can manipulate the intensity of light and focus it in specific directions, and “do it orders of magnitude more quickly than commercial devices,” an MIT press statement reveals.

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