Signal boost: Advance enables hyper-sensitive sensors

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wesleyan University has developed a new accelerometer that can take extraordinarily precise measurements. The advance opens the door to new sensors that are hyper-sensitive to tiny changes in conditions.

These hyper-sensitive sensors have potential applications in a variety of areas, including photonics, navigation systems, and biosensing. For example, a sensor based on this new technology could be sensitive enough to detect a single tiny molecule, helping to increase understanding of biological processes.

Such sensors could also be useful for monitoring the health of various structures, such as airplane wings and bridges.


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