Technology Honey I shrunk the camera

Honey I shrunk the camera

It’s the latest thing in nanotechnology, an ultra-thin lens that produces some pretty weighty images.

The flat lenses are made from nanoparticles with a thickness equivalent to just one millionth of a human hair.

Swinburne University of Technology’s Dr Han Lin says the lenses could be used in a number of ways.

“Lenses are the key element in optical systems in our daily life, including eyeglasses, microscopes, magnifying glasses, and camera lenses,” he said.

The university’s Professor Baohua Jia says the new lens can produce high quality, state-of-the-art images.

“We have used the thinnest material in the world to fabricate a flat lens and prove that the good performance of the ultra-thin lens can lead to high resolution imaging,” he said.

Researchers say the slim-line lenses are especially well-suited to mobile phone cameras and could help make them even thinner.

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