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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Integrated polarization-dependent sensor for autonomous navigation
Author(s): Ze Liu; Ran Zhang; Zhiwen Wang; Le Guan; Bin Li; Jinkui Chu
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Paper Abstract

Based on the navigation strategy of insects utilizing the polarized skylight, an integrated polarization-dependent sensor for autonomous navigation is presented. The navigation sensor has the features of compact structure, high precision, strong robustness, and a simple manufacture technique. The sensor is composed by integrating a complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor sensor with a multiorientation nanowire grid polarizer. By nanoimprint lithography, the multiorientation nanowire polarizer is fabricated in one step and the alignment error is eliminated. The statistical theory is added to the interval-division algorithm to calculate the polarization angle of the incident light. The laboratory and outdoor tests for the navigation sensor are implemented and the errors of the measured angle are ±0.02  deg and ±1.3  deg, respectively. The results show that the proposed sensor has potential for application in autonomous navigation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2015
PDF: 6 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS 14(1) 015001 doi: 10.1117/1.JMM.14.1.015001
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 14, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Ze Liu, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Ran Zhang, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Zhiwen Wang, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Le Guan, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Bin Li, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Jinkui Chu, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)

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