Are Sensors Made With Graphene the Future of Photography?

Asst. Prof. Wang Qijie of NTU Graphene Sensor

Via LiveScience

We’ve known that Graphene is the 21st century super material since research on it won two physicists the Nobel Prize in 2010. Now, it seems the nano structure consisting of a layer of carbon atoms may find its way into photographic products. Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have found a way to employ Graphene as the light sensitive layer in digital camera sensors. Thanks to the material’s special properties, it allows for the creation of sensors up to 1,000 times more light sensitive than current CMOS or CCD sensors.

The research led by Assistant Professor Wang Qijie could be implemented into sensor production with small adaptions to current manufacturing processes, making this a very likely candidate for future sensor designs. In essence, this would allow for a whole new world of low-light photography, as the Graphene sensor wouldn’t show any of the high-ISO noise that current sensors exhibit. This is very exciting news, and we’d love to see this implemented in actual consumer cameras in the near future.

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