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Air Force to establish research center of excellence in guided-wave infrared sources

U.S. Air Force researchers plan to establish a center of excellence for guided-wave infrared sources to conduct and catalog research in infrared waveguides and fibers for low-loss optical transmission, lasers, nonlinear conversion devices, and beam-control devices. Wavelength regimes of interest are those consistent with atmospheric transmission windows, as well as organic and inorganic absorption in the 2-to-12 micron region. Ultimately, Air Force researchers want to devise a layered sensing network for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and countermeasure technology to enable freedom of air and space operations for U.S. forces, allow no sanctuary for enemies, and provide homeland security. Researchers say they expect research at the center to result in devices that are better suited to survive in military environments than free-space beam propagation technology.

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