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Directed Energy Weapons technology and Market trends

Directed energy refers to a technology that produces a beam of concentrated electromagnetic energy, including microwaves, radio waves, lasers, and particle beams. Some of the common product variants include high-energy laser weapons, high-power radiofrequency or microwave devices, and charged or neutral particle beam weapons. These weapons offer numerous benefits over conventional …

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Superresolution imaging

For centuries, light microscopy has greatly facilitated our understanding of how cells function. In fact, entire fields of biology have emerged from images acquired under light microscopes. Indeed, one major element that makes light microscopy so powerful in biological research is the development of various staining methods that permit the …

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Miniaturized Spectrometer

In the broadest sense a spectrometer is any instrument that is used to measure the variation of a physical characteristic over a given range; i.e. a spectrum. This could be a mass-to-charge ratio spectrum in the case of a mass spectrometer, the variation of nuclear resonant frequencies in an NMR …

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DARPA MELT developing high energy lasers for directed energy weapons to counter drone swarms

Laser technology provides major advantages for military applications over kinetic weapons due to High precision and rapid on-target effect, precise and scalable effects, avoidance of collateral damage caused by fragmenting ammunition, Low logistics overhead, and minimum costs per firing.   The proliferation of small, low-cost Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on …

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Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors

The fiber optic sensors also called as optical fiber sensors use optical fiber or sensing element.  These Sensors can measure a large variety of parameters, such as temperature, pressure, strain, refractive index, vibrations, displacements, bending, loading, and liquid level or concentration of chemical species.   Over the past decade, the …

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Compound semiconductors for 5G, radar, electronic warfare, aviation, and satellite communication applications

Modern electronic products, from computers to smart phones, use silicon chips at their heart. As the name suggests, these chips are made from silicon, which is a highly abundant element found in sand. With a single element, it is possible to scale-up the manufacturing process to make highly complex silicon chips …

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Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) Accelerometer

Over the past decade, the proliferation of fiber optic sensors and sensing systems has been ever-increasing, especially the use of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based sensors. The fiber optic sensors also called as optical fiber sensors use optical fiber or sensing element.  These Sensors can measure a large variety of parameters, …

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Petawatt laser technologies for Ballistic and Cruise to Hypersonic weapons defense

The Laser Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs) offer a transformational ‘ga me changer’ to counter asymmetric and disruptive threats, while facing increasingly sophisticated traditional challenges. Laser technology provides major advantages for military applications over kinetic weapons due to High precision and rapid on-target effect, precise and scalable effects,  avoidance of collateral …

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Photonic Integrated Circuits technologies promise Quantum computers and sensors, as system-on-chip solutions integrated into laptops and cell phones.

Photonics is a breakthrough technology as it uses photons (smallest unit of light) as the data carrier instead of electrons (smallest unit of electricity) used in electronic ICs. As light travels very high speeds, photonics is widely used to transfer huge amounts of data at a very high speed. Thus …

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Reconfigurable Multi-GPU Systems enabled by Silicon Photonics

A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a specialized, electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display device. Modern GPUs are very efficient at manipulating computer graphics and image processing.  GPUs were traditionally tasked …

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