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Novel Imaging Techniques

Novel Imaging Techniques

Coupling imaging and spectroscopic technologies with real-time characterization techniques, based on energy/intensity measurements with electromagnetic, optical, acoustic or vibration excitations or chemistry modifications, represents a major step change in materials analysis. Multi-sensor hyperspectral imaging consists of taking measurements in operando conditions using this coupled image acquisition approach. 


Published on 1 March 2017

How novel imaging techniques will revolutionize life, environmental and material sciences

Coupling imaging and spectroscopic technologies with real-time characterization techniques, based on energy/intensity measurements with electromagnetic, optical, acoustic or vibration excitations or chemistry modifications, represents a major step change in materials analysis. Multi-sensor hyperspectral imaging consists of taking measurements in operando conditions using this coupled image acquisition approach. 

Leti is currently addressing the following research topics in this field:

  • Monitoring  the  behavior  of  various  macromolecular species  in  key  steps  of  a  cell’s  life
  • Developing compact sensors/imagers for multi-spectral bands (from IR to UV)
  • Capturing the body/brain signals, with discriminating noise filtering, for therapeutic purposes in the case of neurological diseases
  • Performing multimodal, multiscale in-situ/operando characterizations of advanced materials to reveal structural, compositional and functional features from the µm-scale down to the nm level. Recent examples are Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), Raman imaging/scanning electron (RISE) microscopy in 3D-FIB-SEM, and surface imaging techniques (ToF-SIMS, PEEM, Auger and scanning probes)
  • Developing portable CT-scanner and portable ultralow-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, using new technologies of emission, detection, or  new geometries (in the same way that lens-free on-chip imaging facilitates novel microscopy applications)
  • Monitoring fabrication/retail processes with on-line quality and safety controls.




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Microbolometers structured to allow for absorption spectra adjustments Four images resulting from the observation of an IR source through a filter
Image reconstructed with false colors showing the location and spectral properties of the filter
Multispectral IR matrix characterization




Correlation of imaging (X-ray tomography) with spectroscopy (3D-FIB-TOF-SIM) on the same object 

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