Scientists have won nearly £500,000 to explore ways of boosting the sensitivity of CMOS imaging sensors used in digital cameras, reports the Press Association (PA) news agency.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow will use the grant to help find out how to create ‘patterns or small nanostructures in the metal film on the CMOS’.

The project will investigate the phenomenon known as ‘plasmon resonance’, explains the research team led by Professor Cumming and Dr Tim Drysdale.

The scientists say they hope to boost the imaging sensor’s sensitivity to light and improve ‘colour discrimination in images’, according to the PA report.

They plan to ‘tune the resonating plasmons into the same frequency as various colours of light’.

The grant, totalling £489,234, was awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The scheme is backed by Oxford University.

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