I wonder if this could eliminate the need for IR conerted cameras? Maybe with this sensor you could only record the light from one of the layers.it certainly could - while it's a small market - the ability to flip a sensor and shoot strictly UV or IR or a combination - would be incredible; and there's more converted cameras out there than some give credit to.
I know this is a small market and not at all likely the original point of the sensor but it could potentially be a happy side effect.
Not likely. IR or UV converted cameras typically filter for just IR or UV in order to get unique images based just on those wavelengths that we can't see. The images are "false color images" with the variation in IR (or UV) mapped back to visible wavelengths. I would suspect that this new 5 layer sensor tech would not be designed to pick up wavelengths too far from visible... rather, just extending slightly into the IR and UV in order to use that information to improve color rendering at the edges and possibly correct better for color shifts and other optical anomalies.