MBDA Holdings has been granted a patent for an imaging device that uses an array of liquid crystal cells to form an array of lenses, focusing electromagnetic radiation towards a detector. The method involves controlling phase shifts of the cells to generate images. GlobalData’s report on MBDA Holdings gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on MBDA Holdings, was a key innovation area identified from patents. MBDA Holdings's grant share as of February 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Array of liquid crystal cells forming an array of lenses

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: MBDA Holdings SAS

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11860505B2) discloses a method of imaging using liquid crystal cells arranged in an array to form lenses that focus electromagnetic radiation. The method involves controlling phase shifts provided by each liquid crystal cell in a patch to create multiple lenses within the array. By detecting the electromagnetic radiation passing through the liquid crystal cells, the method enables the formation of high-quality images.

Furthermore, the patent describes an imaging device incorporating a planar array of liquid crystal cells that form patches acting as lenses. The device includes a detector, control electronics for managing phase shifts, and an image processor for generating images from the detected radiation. The array, housed in a liquid crystal spatial light modulator, can be used in various applications, including missile seekers. The device's configuration allows for the super-resolution of images and the sharpening of captured data, enhancing the overall imaging capabilities for specific use cases such as missile guidance systems.

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