Army Research Laboratory researchers named to senior membership with Optical Society

May 24, 2011

Story Highlights

  • Two research physicists within ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate were named in May 2011 senior members of the Optical Society of America (OSA).
  • The honor recognizes government and industry experts' optics and photonics experience and professional accomplishments.
  • The OSA brings together the global optics community, consisting of more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, through its programs and initiatives.

Dr. Howard Brandt, an ARL Fellow, and Dr. Neelam Gupta, both research physicists within ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, were named in May 2011 as senior members of the Optical Society of America (OSA). The two were among 138 named from government and industry that recognizes their experience and professional accomplishments or service within the field of optics and photonics.

The OSA brings together the global optics community, consisting of more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916, OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics.

Among Brandt's many accomplishments are pioneering contributions to quantum information processing and high-power microwave source development that have shaped the ARL research program. He is recognized as a world-class expert in theoretical physics, particularly quantum computing and high power microwaves. A physicist, he is co-inventor of a quantum key receiver based on a positive operator valued measure.

Gupta, a senior research scientist, has developed a number of hyperspectral imagers from UV to long-wave IR using acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs) as well as a dual band infrared hyperspectral imager using diffractive optics. She has extensive experience in electro-optics, guided wave optics, fiber-optics, acousto-optics and optical sensors. Her ongoing research is in the area of development and application of AOTFs for hyperspectral and polarization imaging as well as for the detection of chemical and biological agents. She has wide research experiences including modeling of guided wave components on a parallel supercomputer, designing a fiber-optic delay line for simulation of radar returns, designing a novel III-V integrated optic neural device, conducting experiments in optical control of phased array antennas using guided wave components in a heterodyne setup, designing a new target/foliage discriminating active optical sensor, development of laser diodes and detectors, etc. She has authored over 120 technical papers and reports and holds three U.S. patents, including one for hyperspectral scene projection/generation systems and methods.

That patent discloses embodiments of hyperspectral scene projection/generation systems and methods. One method embodiment, among others, comprises dispersing a beam of light at one of a plurality of selectable wavelengths, the beam of light corresponding to a scene, and displaying a spectral image of the scene corresponding to the dispersed beam of light at one of the plurality of selectable wavelengths.

OSA members are experts in specialized fields of physics and engineering, such as fiber optics, telecommunications, medical imaging, computer screen technology, cell phone and car headlights. Approximately 49 percent of the Society's members reside outside the United States.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 24, 2011