March 2006

Agile Nonmechanical Beam Steering

Paul F. McManamon

The day is coming when engineers will be able to replace mechanical complex gimbal and steering mirror assemblies in electro-optical systems with thin, conformal devices that either have no moving parts or only make use of micro-motion.


The Optical Network of the Future

The ubiquitous wireless Wi-Fi local-area-networks (LANs) that we enjoy today can accommodate new users and changing conditions in a robust, automated manner. How can we create similarly self-managed optical networks?

Optics in Brazil

For Brazilian scientists, optics is considered a leading field in technology transfer. The discipline plays a large role in the country’s ongoing scientific revolution.

Polarization Ray Tracing for Space Optics

Polarization ray tracing made its debut as a bona fide feature of optical design and analysis software about 20 years ago. This article “traces” how one of the first industrial strength automated PRT capabilities was created.

 

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