Radar and electronic warfare applications of multigigahertz optical components and systems
Henry F. Taylor
Recent advances in wideband components for use in optical fiber systems have been very impressive. Laser diodes have shown 3 dB modulation band-widths near 20 GHz at room temperature and external modulators with similar high-frequency performance have been reported. Bandwidths as high as 100 GHz have been achieved in semiconductor photodiodes. Performance of these components at such high frequencies opens a new realm of possibilities for the use of optics in military systems. more>>
NBS: Meeting industry standards?
Robert E. Parks
This month we leave the usual optical standards reporting per se and review a document of wider yet related interest. In October 1986, Congress charged the director of the National Bureau of Standards to prepare a report outlining the Bureau's support of industry and other government agencies in the area of "process and quality control and calibration programs". more>>