GE’s Butterfly-inspired Design to Enable Advanced, Low Cost Thermal Imaging Devices

This is a thermographic video of a Morpho butterfly structure in response to heat pulses produced by breathing onto the whole butterfly structure (video part 1) and onto its localized areas (video part 2).

Nanostructures on Morpho butterfly wings coated with carbon nanotubes can sense temperature chances down to 0.02 ° C, at a response rate of 1/40 of a second. This is a demonstration of how new bio-inspired designs by GE scientists could enable more advanced applications for industrial inspection, medical diagnostics and military.

This video was filmed by Bryan Whalen in the Electronics Cooling Lab at GE Global Research.

YouTube link to the video: http://youtu.be/UoaILSCzlTo?t=27s

You can learn more by visiting: http://ge.geglobalresearch.com/blog/nanostructures-of-morpho-butterfly-wing-scales-demonstrate-high-resolution-of-temperature-changes-at-high-speed/

Read more in the official press release from GE here.

ED NOTE: We stumbled upon this link while reading the RSS newsfeed from the  IRTalk forums at: http://www.thesnellgroup.com/community/ir-talk/f/8/p/2145/9020.aspx#9020 on March 12th. Great catch Deanna!!


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