New camera can detect single photons of light at record speeds

The world’s first megapixel photon-counting camera and a first-of-its-kind image sensor technology are capable of detecting single photons of light at record speeds.

The technology, developed by engineers at the Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory in Switzerland, could be used to improve the resolution of augmented reality or the efficiency of LiDAR systems for self-driving cars. The camera is described in a research paper published Thursday in the journal Optica…

“For transportation applications, this new camera could help achieve unprecedented levels of autonomy and safety by enabling multiple low-power LiDAR devices to be used on a vehicle, providing fast, high-resolution 3D view of the surroundings,” said AQUALab researcher Kazuhiro Morimoto, who also works as an engineer for Canon Inc. in Japan.