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  • Rochester Institute of Technology

Oct 2012
Rochester Institute of Technology in New York has been awarded $1.2 million by the National Science Foundation to develop, fabricate and test a family of detectors grown on silicon wafer substrates by Raytheon Vision Systems of Waltham, Mass. Cheaper, larger and better infrared detectors grown on silicon wafers could give more scientists access to infrared astronomy and further spur the hunt for exoplanets and the study of the universe’s acceleration. Closer to home, the same technology could advance remote sensing and medical imaging.

infrared astronomy
The study and the interpretation of the infrared emittances of celestial bodies and phenomena.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
remote sensing
Technique that utilizes electromagnetic energy to detect and quantify information about an object that is not in contact with the sensing apparatus.
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