Development of Optical Information Transfer Technology for Military Applications
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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Military avionics systems can be expected to benefit from the development of optical data communication systems which use fiber optics. Advantages involving size, weight and freedom from electromagnetic interference can be realized in the near future. Integrated optical circuits can increase the flexibility of such systems as well as perform independent functions in other useful optical devices. The state of the art of optical fibers and integrated optical circuits is reviewed. A strategy for the development of these technologies is recommended. The optical technology requirements for four advanced military systems involving multiterminal data buses, heterodyne detection, tethers, and optical phase front control are described in detail.
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
- Non-Radio Communications