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ae86trueno
4th of January 2009 (Sun), 16:23
Found interesting reading :D

Taken from the link:


Researchers in Scotland have been given nearly half a million pounds to try to improve digital camera images.
The team, lead by scientists at the University of Glasgow, are developing small nanostructures that would be used on light detecting image sensors.
These new hi-tech chips would be used in camera equipment to produce sharper and more colourful images.
The project is being funded by a 489,234 grant from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifhttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/start_quote_rb.gif We'll be using nanotechnology to manipulate particles... to create a new optical effect http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/end_quote_rb.gif


Professor David Cumming


The researchers are using a phenomenon called surface plasmon resonance, which is an effect exhibited by certain metals when light waves fall onto their surfaces.
In digital cameras, this is the metal film used on microchip image sensors - known as a CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) - that detect light waves and convert them into digital signals.
When light shines on the metal film, electrons on the surface absorb the energy of the light waves and begin oscillating, or shaking, in groups. The resultant combined waves are called plasmons, and they modify the way light is distributed around the metal. The CMOS then measures the light and assigns it a digital value which is then used to build up the bigger image.
The Scottish scientists hope to find a way of creating patterns or small nanostructures in the metal film on the CMOS. This should increase the sensitivity of the sensor and result in higher quality images.
"We'll be using nanotechnology to manipulate particles, so as to take advantage of the properties of electrons to create a new optical effect," Professor David Cumming of Glasgow University who is leading the research team.
"Digital imaging has come a long way in recent years and this project aims to further improve the ability of digital devices to produce high-quality pictures," he added.
Researchers also want to try and "tune" resonating plasmons into the same frequency as light, which could improve colour discrimination. The project is expected to last until the middle of 2012.

The quoted above was taken from the link below:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7807980.stm

BBoi
4th of January 2009 (Sun), 16:35
DSLR's though will goto an all time high as far as quality is concerned. Have a read of this article where a small team is aiming to put nanotube structures on a CMOS to capture far more detail at higher resolutions and ISO's than ever before.

Tech is due around 2012.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/04/researchers-tapping-into-nanotechnology-for-sharper-images/

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A team of scientists at the University of Glasgow just came into all sorts of cash, and they'll be using it to advance imaging. If you're looking for specifics (and we're assuming you are), a 489,234 grant from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council will be used to study a certain phenomenon called surface plasmon resonance, "which is an effect exhibited by certain metals when light waves fall onto their surfaces." In short, the gurus behind the research are hoping to discover a method of "creating patterns or small nanostructures in the metal film on the CMOS (http://www.engadget.com/tag/CMOS/), which should increase the sensitivity of the sensor and result in higher quality images." The bad news? The project is expected to last until 2012, which is like, forever from now.

NeutronBoy
8th of January 2009 (Thu), 22:42
This is a really hot field now. I work at a national laboratory and here is our nano center: http://www.bnl.gov/cfn/. There are some truly astonishing things being researched all over the world in the nanotechnology field. It will be the next big thing to push scientific research out to the consumer in new ways.