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Published on : Apr 08, 2014

People who fear the dark may soon have a reason to rejoice – an infrared sensor that can eventually be used for mechanizing night-vision lenses has been developed. This effectively means that one can also see through dark with the help of these lenses. 

This technology seems possible all due to graphene, a layer of tightly packed carbon atoms that has allowed the creation of an easily accessible infrared sensor that only needs room temperature to work well.  

Infrared sensors are often used by doctors to study blood pressure, identify various chemicals or simply to see in dark. But the currently used mechanisms for infrared sensing or imaging require highly sophisticated technologies and large equipments for cooling to allow a view of all ranges of an infrared spectrum. The invention of grapheme can cut the need for all these technologies to be able to achieve an infrared vision. 

The newly formulated sensors ( to be developed from graphene) would be smaller than the tiniest nail on human hands and could allow numerous benefits in the field of science and military, of-course in addition to its consumer-based uses. 

The complete research about the infrared sensor can be found in the academic journal Nature Nanotechnology.