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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New Products: August 2019 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Temperature Elements for Flight-Critical Equipment

FCI Aerospace’s (San Marcos, CA) AS-TE Temperature Element Series sensors utilize precision resistance temperature detectors (RTDs) to provide superior accuracy, repeatability and long-life. The AS-TE sensors are typically designed with Platinum RTD or MIL-T-7990 Nickel RTD sensors. The Platinum RTDs are available in several Ro (ice point resistance) values and in either two-, three- or four-wire configurations to ensure optimal performance and system compatibility.

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How Miniaturized Distributed Modular Architecture Advances Avionics Design

Most of today’s collision-avoidance, in-flight-entertainment (IFE), air-to-ground-communications, and other avionics systems employ electronics packaging based on the Aeronautics Radio INC (ARINC) 600 standard. Compared to the older ARINC 404 standard dating from the 1970s that defined “black box” enclosures and racks within aircraft, ARINC 600 specified a Modular Concept Unit (MCU) – the basic building block module for avionics. An ARINC 600 metal enclosure can hold up to 12 MCUs, allowing a lot of computing power to be placed in a centralized “box.” By making it possible to run numerous applications over a real-time network, ARINC 600 enabled “next generation” integrated modular avionics (IMA).

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Pathfinder Radar ISR and SAR Systems: Tactical Eyes for the Warfighter

Sandia National Laboratories’ (Albuquerque, NM) Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems enable a new product paradigm in radar capabilities and modalities. With the ability to shrink sensor size, increase resolution, raise image quality, and advance realtime onboard processing, Sandia has been producing next-generation systems for nearly three decades. Sandia specializes in the full system design of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI), target recognition, and other sensor systems for the Department of Defense, other government agencies, and industry partners.

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Nominal High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) Waveforms

Even before the Trinity nuclear test in July of 1945, physicists predicted a transient electromagnetic signal would be caused by high-energy photons released from the detonation interacting with the air around the detonation. Predictions of these signals were difficult to make due to the complexity of the physics unleashed by the detonation.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Photonics, RF & Microwave Electronics, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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