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Lens-Less Digital Microscope

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Project TitleLens-Less Digital Microscope
Track Code2010-020
Short Description

Through a practical arrangement of an individually addressable nanowire-based LED array integrated onto a ROIC (readout integrated circuit) a device is produced with the capability of emitting and  receiving light signals.

Abstract

Through a practical arrangement of an individually addressable nanowire-based LED array integrated onto a ROIC (readout integrated circuit) a device is produced with the capability of emitting and receiving light signals. Image data is relayed to an external computer via a hi-speed connection and the image is reconstructed and displayed on the control computer. Taking this technology even further should allow the capability for pseudo-3D imaging of objects (for example biological cells) within liquid samples.

 
Tagsoptoelectronics
 
Posted DateJan 11, 2011 2:19 PM

Researcher

Name
Stephen Hersee
Majeed Hayat
Pradeep Sen

Manager

Name
Briana Wobbe

Background

The versatility and usefulness of LED’s is proven almost daily. One such technology that holds potential for advancement through utilization of these versatile devices is microscopy. Though various technologies are available for any given imaging task, some areas could benefit from a lens-less digital microscope. A miniaturized solid-state, lens-less digital microscope, which is a fraction of the size and weight of a conventional microscope, as well as a method for production, is being investigated. This instrument will have an optical resolution equivalent to the best optical microscopes currently available, yet it’s small size, portability and ruggedness give it the potential to change the microscopy paradigm. Instead of the sample going to the lab where the microscope is located, the microscope can now go to the specimen. The lens-less digital microscope can be placed in chemical aggressive environments, or underwater, or even be configured for in-vivo observation. The benefits of such a device are many and far reaching.

Technology Description

Through a practical arrangement of an individually addressable nanowire-based LED array integrated onto a ROIC (readout integrated circuit) a device is produced with the capability of emitting and receiving light signals. Image data is relayed to an external computer via a hi-speed connection and the image is reconstructed and displayed on the control computer. Taking this technology even further should allow the capability for pseudo-3D imaging of objects (for example biological cells) within liquid samples.

     

(Relates to technology 2007-069 Solid-state Microscope)

Advantages/Applications

Benefits

  •  Manufacturing process appears to be scalable and viable

  •  Real-time feedback possible for advanced digital imaging

  •  Variable resolution

Applications
  •  Micro-scale imaging
  •  Liquid sample assessment
  •  3D image production of very small samples
  •  Imaging in chemical aggressive environments
  •  In-vivo imaging

INQUIRES

STC has filed intellectual property on this exciting new technology and is currently exploring commercialization options. If you are interested in information about this or other technologies, please contact Arlene Mirabal at amirabal@stc.unm.edu or 505-272-7886.

Files

File Name Description
9,106,056 Issued Patent None Download
8,624,968 Issued Patent None Download

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
9,106,056 Aug 11, 2015 Cont-in-Part United States
8,624,968 Jan 7, 2014 Cont-in-Part United States