Photonics

Army Awards Combat Laser Weapon System Contract

The U.S. Army issued a contract award to accelerate the rapid prototyping and fielding of its first combat-capable laser weapon system. This prototype will deliver 50 kilowatt-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in Fiscal Year 2022, supporting the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) mission. The directed energy M-SHORAD capability is intended to protect maneuvering Brigade Combat Teams from unmanned aerial systems (UAS), rotary-wing aircraft, and rockets, artillery and mortar (RAM).

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LASER World of PHOTONICS, Day 3 — Unusual Exhibits

Wandering through five exhibition halls filled with cutting-edge technology, you see a lot of lasers, optics, cameras, test & measurement systems, and production equipment. But just when you think you’ve seen it all, you occasionally come across something quite unusual and completely unexpected.

Posted in: News, Blog, Automotive, Cameras, Imaging, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics, Automation, Robotics, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Automotive, Transportation
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LASER World of PHOTONICS, Day 2: Bigger is Better

There’s an old adage that “size doesn’t matter,” but you wouldn’t know that from walking the show floor at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019 in Munich, Germany.

Posted in: News, Blog, Fiber Optics, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics
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From LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019: Light as the Key to Global Sustainability

MUNICH, GERMANY — One of the big events on opening day at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019 was a press conference held to announce the findings of a unique study conducted jointly by SPECTARIS, the German high-tech industry association, and LASER World of PHOTONICS.

Called “Light as the key to global sustainability,” the study focused on how photonics can be used in the fight to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thereby meet the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement.

Posted in: News, Blog, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Photonics
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LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019

The bi-annual Laser World of Photonics exhibition and its accompanying tech conference, World of Photonics Congress 2019, opened on Monday, June 24, at Messe Munchen in Munich, Germany, and as in years past it filled five large exhibition halls, with the Congress occupying another hall and the conference center.

Posted in: News, Blog, Communications, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Fiber Optics, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Inspection Equipment, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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NRL Develops Laser Processing Method to Increase Efficiency of Optoelectronic Devices

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) discovered a new method to passivate defects in next generation optical materials to improve optical quality and enable the miniaturization of light emitting diodes and other optical elements.

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Projection System to Study Insect Vision Could Lead to New Navigational Aids

Development of a virtual reality-like projection system to study insect vision could eventually provide the U.S. Air Force with a new type of navigation system.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Optics, Photonics
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Navy Launches Virtual Training Tech for Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Crews

One of the most dangerous environments in the U.S. Navy is the deck of an aircraft carrier. Catapult systems that can remove limbs, furious engines, whipping propellers, and high winds create a hectic environment. The driving force behind all of these activities is helping a pilot land an aircraft on a short slab of pitching steel in the middle of the ocean. Although pilots are the stars of the show, they could not accomplish their missions without the support of flight deck crews, who are responsible for safely launching and recovering aircraft.

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Air Force Research Lab and Industry Advance Multi-Junction Solar Cells

Experts at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) continue to expand the scope of their technological expertise, rising above the Earth’s surface to meet the power needs of next-generation military spacecraft. A collaborative effort between the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing and Space Vehicles directorates, the Space Industrial Base Working Group, and SolAero Technologies has resulted in state-of-the art, multi-junction solar cells destined to reduce costs and increase power efficiency for military space applications.

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Army Developing Lasers That Pierce Fog, Dust to Destroy Targets

A lot of people think that high-energy lasers, or HELs, can't penetrate fog, rain and dust, said Thomas Webber, director of the Directed Energy Division's Technical Center, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. That's just plain wrong.

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