Photonics

Imaging Sensors & Optics

Provides increased and enhanced imaging capability to solve a diverse set of Soldier problems ranging from obscured or occluded vision, to off-axis and long-range identification, to high performance infrared imaging at higher operating temperatures with reduced size, weight, power, and cost.

  • Infrared Sensing Materials and Devices
  • Transformational Optics and Devices

Chemical-specific Sensing

Research focuses on optical spectroscopy applied to the detection and identification of hazardous chemical, energetic, and biological materials at increased sensitivities and lower false alarm rates to improve overall sensor capability for Soldiers.

  • Raman Spectroscopy Techniques and Sensors
  • Photoacoustics

Ultraviolet (UV) Optoelectronics

Seeks to develop new devices with enhanced material properties for UV detectors, light emitting diodes, and lasers, with applications including sensing, water purification and monitoring, threat mitigation, and communications. Nitride semiconductors materials are grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), and are characterized optically and electrically using unique ultrafast spectroscopic techniques.

  • Semiconductor LED & Laser UV Sources
  • High power pulsed UV sources

Sensor Protection

Explores specialty materials and devices designed to protect eyes and sensors from wavelength agile microsecond to nanosecond pulsed lasers and ultrafast lasers in multiple wavelength bands. Extensive materials characterization and modeling is used to understand nonlinear optical phenomena in specially designed and engineered organic and inorganic materials.

  • Active Materials
  • Passive Optical Materials

High Energy & Tactical Lasers

Investigates materials for solid state lasers suitable for military applications. Research emphasizes optimized materials for device designs aimed at improving laser average and peak power, thermal management, scalability, beam quality, and efficiency to enable systems with small size, low weight, and ruggedness.

  • Fiber Lasers and Waveguiding Laser Devices
  • Slab and Thin Disk Lasers
  • IR High Energy Lasers

Quantum Information Science

Seeks to provide ultra-precise and secure information transfer and a deeper understanding of practical quantum technologies for the Army. Research is focused on developing the knowledge to build a first-of-its-kind quantum network based on quantum memories. Emphasis is also placed on free space photon transmission and developing the network physical layer through the development and understanding of the storage and generation of photons via ion and atom traps for quantum memory, single photon detection, and controllable and scalable interconnected quantum systems.

  • Single Photon Sources & Detectors
  • Quantum Control
  • Quantum Memory
 

Last Update / Reviewed: February 5, 2015