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Optonicus Extends Laser Weapon Range
A 21-element Optical Phase Array (OPA) created by Optonicus has precisely hit a target from 7 kilometers.
Laser weapon technology could 'revolutionize' manufacturing
"...directed-energy technology...is being developed at the University of Dayton for the U.S. Department of Defense, said Mikhail Vorontsov, the Wright Brothers endowed chair at UD's School of Engineering and director of the university's Intelligent Optics Laboratory.
Military applications of Vorontsov's technology are still some years away, but it has the potential today to transform the manufacturing industry."
The Optonicus paper, "Speckle Effects In Target-in-the-loop Laser Beam Projection Systems" published in the Journal of Advance Optical Technologies has attained most downloaded status and has generated interest in the wider community on the "Space Telescope Optics" LinkedIn group.
Two of the articles from Optonicus have been selected by the editors of IOP - Journal of Optics as The Highlights of 2013. Enhanced correlation of received power-signal fluctuations in bidirectional optical links and Exotic laser beam engineering with coherent fiber-array systems
Optonicus expansion into advanced laser manufacturing featured in the media.
Optonicus has also been awarded several new contracts to develop its latest technologies in the area of fiber arrays and long distance atmospheric sensing. more
Leading Innovations in Intelligent Optical Systems
Optonicus' strength is in the integration of advanced adaptive optics and beam control
architectures, elements and algorithms, smart sensors and parallel on-the-fly information
processing techniques – also referred to as Intelligent Optics. With Optonicus, customers
get optical systems that deliver optimal performance in harsh operating conditions.
Optonicus has well established expertise and provides unique technical solutions in the following areas of development:
- Wavefront and beam control hardware including beam steering and deformable mirrors, wavefront sensors, beam and image quality sensors and controllers.
- Design and integration of adaptive optics systems for directed energy, laser illumination, target tracking, designation, active and passive imaging.
- Numerical simulation of atmospheric effects and their impact on performance of various optical systems; analysis includes target in-the-loop propagation, speckle, thermal blooming and anisoplanatic effects.
- Conformal optical systems including fiber-array based adaptive laser beam projection systems, sparse imaging systems, coherent LIDAR, laser tracking, and remote sensing systems.
- Advanced control and signal/image processing algorithms for mitigation of negative impact of non-linear optical, turbulence (atmospheric and underwater) and jitter effects.
- Adaptive free-space laser communication systems that are robust, light-weight, secure, and operate at high data rates for advanced communications.