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Quantum Imaging technique can have military applications, US and China racing to deploy quantum ghost imaging in satellites for stealth plane tracking

Today, we are witnessing the second quantum revolution, where quantum states, which can exhibit superposition and entanglement, are harnessed for quantum technological applications. Quantum Sensing exploits the high sensitivity of quantum systems to external disturbances to develop highly sensitive sensors.   Breaking the limitations of today’s established imaging schemes is a …

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Inverse design in photonics

The design of digital circuits is currently dominated by hardware description languages such as Verilog and VHDL. This automation of circuit design has enabled the development of modern computer processors with billions of transistors.   Integrated photonic devices, on the other hand, are still designed by hand. A designer first picks …

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Global Fiber Optic Cable Market

Fiber optics, or optical fibers, are long, thin strands of carefully drawn glass about the diameter of a human hair. These strands are arranged in bundles called optical cables. We rely on them to transmit light signals over long distances.   Optical fibers typically include a glass structure called core …

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Dynamic metasurfaces including Liquid crystal metasurfaces allow tuning of metasurface functionality also after fabrication.

Metamaterials are artificially structured materials designed to control and manipulate physical phenomena such as light and other electromagnetic waves, sound waves and seismic waves in unconventional ways, resulting in exotic behavior that’s not found in nature. This class of micro- and nano-structured artificial media are predicted to be able to protect …

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Materials for nonlinear integrated photonics

Nonlinear optics (NLO) is the branch of optics that describes the behavior of light in nonlinear media, that is, media in which the dielectric polarization P responds nonlinearly to the electric field E of the light. The nonlinearity is typically observed only at very high light intensities (values of the …

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Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL& VECSEL) arrays enable data communication to lidar and military infrared imaging

The illumination source employs different technologies, ranging from lamps to semiconductor light emitting diodes (LEDs) or lasers. The lamp, while straight-forward, is broad-band, bulky, and generally inefficient.   The main wavelengths of interest for illumination are around 808nm, 976m, 1064nm, and 1550nm. The 808nm region offers the best responsivity for …

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Neural and tensor holography enables realistic 3D holographic images in virtual and augmented reality headsets

Virtual reality headsets have gained tremendous popularity. However, one common problem tends to occur— the headsets can make users feel sick. Nausea can be experienced because users’ eyes are being tricked into seeing a 3D scene, when, in fact, they are staring at a 2D fixed-distance display. One possible solution …

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DARPA EXTREME devloped engineered optical materials or metamaterials now transitioning from NGA to AFRL UAS and Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV)

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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Laser-based wireless power transmission (LWPT) technology

Wireless power transfer (WPT), wireless power transmission, wireless energy transmission (WET), or electromagnetic power transfer is the transmission of electrical energy without wires as a physical link. In a wireless power transmission system, a transmitter device, driven by electric power from a power source, generates a time-varying electromagnetic field, which …

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DARPA ENVision developing next-generation Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) which are compact, multi-band, and wide-FOV

For decades U.S. warfighters have benefitted from advanced night-vision technology, allowing pilots to fly low-level missions on pitch-black nights and ground forces to conduct operations against adversaries in the dark. Traditional Night Vision Goggle (NVG) systems provide the wearer with enhanced visibility in low-light conditions by exploiting the natural near-infrared …

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