Sandia's nanoantennas help detectors see more heat, less noise

September 12, 2019

Optical engineer sets up equipment

Sandia researchers have developed tiny, gold antennas to help cameras and sensors that “see” heat deliver clearer pictures of thermal infrared radiation for everything from stars and galaxies to people, buildings and items requiring security.....more

SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference

August 13-14, 2019


Sandia is presenting nine invited papers, thirteen presentations, and two posters at the SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference in San Diego, CA in August 2019. We are also recruiting at the Job Fair, August 13-14, at booth JF14.

Smaller Imaging System a Big Improvement for Self-Driving Cars

May 1, 2019


Blackmore Sensors and Analytics is partnering with Sandia National Laboratories to improve lidar for autonomous driving systems. The company is a pioneer in Doppler lidar sensors and supporting analytic tools and software. They are licensing Sandia’s chip-scale optical array for beam-steering for use in their products. Read more on pages 18-19.

Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)

May 6-10, 2019


Sandia presented to 13 invited and contributory talks and four posters at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) in San Jose, CA in May 2019. We also presented at the Product Showcase, highlighting Sandia’s unique photonics capabilities and collaboration opportunities...........more

Mirage software automates design of optical metamaterials

March 27, 2019


Sandia National Laboratories has created the first inverse-design software for optical metamaterials — meaning users start by describing the result they want, and the software fills in the steps to get there. The modern design approach takes guesswork out of engineering as-yet theoretical technologies like ultracompact, high-performance cameras and cloaking armor that could make wearers invisible to detection...........more

FedBizOpps Announcement: Technology Commercialization Opportunity: High Quantum Efficiency, Low Dark Current Infrared Detector Architecture - Solicitation Number: 17_486

March 1, 2019

Sandia is seeking partners to further develop and commercialize the high quantum efficiency, low dark current infrared detector architecture. Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and Licensing Agreements are available.

Posted Date: March 1, 2019
Response Date: Mar 31, 2019 11:59 pm Eastern

Primary Point of Contact:
Rose Garcia
Technical Business Development Specialist
Sandia National Laboratories
Phone: 505-284-4253

Keywords: Infrared sensors, infrared detectors, focal plane array, nanoantenna architecture, high quantum efficiency, low dark current

Sandia light mixer makes 11 colors at once

July 5, 2018


Sandia scientists have developed a new light-mixing metamaterial that can be used in many applications, from creating a multi-color laser pointer to discovering hidden archeological sites in dense forests to detecting signs of extraterrestrial life in the air to increasing communications speed and capacity via fiber-optic networks..........more

Generating electrical power from waste heat

July 5, 2018


Directly converting electrical power to heat is easy, but the opposite, converting heat into electrical power, hasn't been so easy — until now. Sandia researchers have developed a tiny silicon-based device that can harness what was previously called waste heat and turn it into DC power..........more

Nanotechnology experts at Sandia create first terahertz-speed polarization optical switch

September 15, 2017


A Sandia-led team has for the first time used optics rather than electronics to switch a nanometer-thick thin film device from completely dark to completely transparent, or light, at a speed of trillionths of a second...........more

AIM Photonics: Moving at the Speed of Light

August 9, 2017

AIM Photonics

University of Arizona selected for high-impact, industrial demonstration of new integrated photonic cryogenic datalink for focal plane arrays..........more

2017 SPIE Optics & Photonics

August 6-10, 2017


SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017 Invited Papers, Presentations and Posters..........more

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing, Anaheim, CA

Apr 10-12, 2017


SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2017 Invited Papers, Presentations and Posters..........more

Electro-optical Switch Transmits Data at Record-Low Temperatures

March 16, 2017

Electro-optical switch

Operating at temperatures near absolute zero, switch could enable significantly faster data processing with lower power consumption..........more

Guiding Light

March 3, 2017

Guiding Light

Sandia researchers create 3-D metasurfaces using III-V semiconductors..........more

R&D 100, 2016: T-Quake - Quantum-Mechanical Transmitter/Receiver Microchip

Nov 7, 2016


Applying advanced microfabrication techniques and innovative microdesign, the Sandia Enabled Communications and Authentication Network (SECANT) team has designed and produced photonic microchips capable of sending, receiving, and processing quantum signals for applications in cyber and physical security...........more

PhoeniX Software and Sandia National Laboratories

March 23, 2016


PhoeniX Software and Sandia National Laboratories Collaborate to Advance Photonic Integrated Circuit Design and Manufacture..........more

Unique phononic filter could revolutionize signal processing systems

Jan 12, 2016


A unique filtering technology that combines light and sound waves on a single chip is expected to better detect radar and communications frequencies...........more

IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Society Merit Award honors Sandia radiation effects expert

July 17, 2014


Sandia radiation effects researcher Jim Schwank has won the 2014 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award, which recognizes outstanding technical contributions to the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences.

“I feel highly honored,” said Schwank, who is the second active Sandia employee to win the award and the sixth person in the radiation effects community to win since the award’s inception in 1972. The winner was announced earlier this month during the IEEE’s Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects conference..........more

Prototype electrolyte sensor provides immediate read-outs

June 3, 2014

Ronen Polsky

Patients trying to navigate today’s complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels.

Runners, athletes in other strenuous sports and soldiers on long missions also might prefer immediate knowledge of their electrolytic states as an aid to improved performance...........more

LEED® Green Building Awards


* MESA WIF - LEED Silver


* MESA MicroFab - LEED Certified (1st LEED Green Microchip Fabrication Facility in the world)
* CINT - LEED Certified


* JCEL - LEED Silver

Lockheed Martin NOVA Awards


* Electroneedle Array (Nomination)
* MESA Project

Sandia Green Building Awards

Sandia Corporate Lean Six Sigma Awards


* Champion of the Year - Dale L. Hetherington
* Black Belt of the Year - Amy Moy
* Green Belt of the Year - Jonathan W. Wittwer


* Champion of the Year - Gilbert V. Herrera

Sandia Fellows

* 2013 - Sandia Labs names three fellows


* 2011 - Solar glitter, rescue robot


* 2007 - Bio-threat detection

Seapower to Peace

* 2007 - Micro-Sensing


* 2007 - ASICS Design

Defense Program Award

* 2000 - MDE Design to Manufacturing Program