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Innovation in optical countermeasures
Author(s): Paul Winstanley
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Paper Abstract

Defence and security require both invention and innovation. Invention is the opportunity to create completely new capabilities and solutions. Innovation is the opportunity to recognise that advances are being made in adjacent markets which can be exploited beneficially to meet the needs of defence and security customers. In this paper a case study is presented on a laser directed energy weapon programme whereby early stage feasibility concepts used open innovation. This led to the identification and exploitation of laser technology from an adjacent market and the application of phased array radar theory at optical wavelengths. Additionally, this project stimulated an underpinning research activity into novel phase locking and beam combination techniques. Currently, innovation programmes are receiving substantial support from a number of defence and security organisations globally and other open innovation defence and security photonics opportunities are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 2018
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10797, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures XV, 107970D (9 October 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2506605
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Paul Winstanley, TecHorizons Institute (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10797:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures XV
David H. Titterton; Robert J. Grasso; Mark A. Richardson, Editor(s)

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