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New technologies enable wide adoption of LIDARs for 3D mapping, Driverless vehicles, Battlefield Visualization, Mine Hunting, Imaging through forests

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LIDARs are rapidly gaining maturity as very capable sensors for number of applications such as imaging through clouds, vegetation and camouflage, 3D mapping and terrain visualization, meteorology, navigation and obstacle avoidance for robotics as well as weapon guidance. United Kingdom’s Environment Agency has been using Lidar for environmental purposes, such …

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Microwave Photonics to enable next generation Military Communications, Radars and Electronic warfare systems for Spectrum Dominance


Since the first radio transmission, the size of the radio spectrum has doubled every 30 months, following an exponential increase in data transfer rates in wireless communications. The next generation 5G systems would require increase in wireless data transfer rates to above 100Gb/s that may be achieved by using millimeter-wave (30–300GHz) and …

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New designs for lenses and image sensors result in better resolution, sensitive, and cheap cameras in cell phones to medical devices


Smartphone camera technology is growing in leaps and bounds in the past couple of years and continues to be a major point to differentiate their products.  More and more technologies are being incorporated including  larger sensors, better lenses, ultra-thin lens, optical image stabilization technologies, dual camera optical zoom technology that …

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Photonic sensors enable detection of biological, chemical and nuclear agents, structural damage to military assets, military electro-optics and infrared sensors


Sensors allow humans to feel and understand their world, and their development lays the foundation for the fulfillment of information society and has formed a huge industry. Photonic sensor is a device that senses light and converts to electricity.Photonics sensors can be defined as the set of techniques and scientific …

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Ultra accurate Optical clocks to enable GPS with centimeter-level location accuracy and distributed engagement and surveillance DOD architecture


For the first time, an optical clock has traveled to space, surviving harsh rocket launch conditions and successfully operating under the microgravity that would be experienced on a satellite. This demonstration brings optical clock technology much closer to implementation in space, where it could eventually allow GPS-based navigation with centimeter-level …

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Silicon Photonics breakthroughs enable large data centers, Real time cloud-computing, big data, analytics and Exascale supercomputers and cognitive computing

The technology industry is entering a new era of computing that requires IT systems and cloud computing services to process and analyze huge volumes of Big Data in real time, both within datacenters and particularly between cloud computing services. This requires that data be rapidly moved between system components without …

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EXTREME program from DARPA seeks engineered optical materials for development of next generation of Night Vision, IRST and Hyperspectral sensors.


Optics & Electro-Optics areas through areas like Day vision, Night Vision, Thermal Imaging are playing vital role in warfare due to their high resolution and covert passive operation. The Infrared Search and Track system uses the heat or infrared radiation emitted by the target to provide passive means of detecting …

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