Accession Number:

ADA586610

Title:

United States Military Academy: 25 Years of Enlightening Research. 2012 Program Review

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY PHOTONICS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

116.0

Abstract:

The Photonics Research Center has achieved its 25th year of service at the United States Military Academy. It was established at West Point in May of 1987 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. An excerpt from this memorandum provides some insight into the charter of the Center As the Army modernizes in an increasingly complex technological environment, it is essential that Army officers understand the advanced technologies which form critical elements of our evolving weapons systems. One technology field which is already exerting a major influence on force planning, and whose impact is certain to grow over the next two decades, is the physics and engineering of lasers, and the technologies associated with their development and applications. The Army needs a strong base of research and development in laser-related fields. It also needs an officer corps generally familiar with laser technologies and a subset of that officer corps whose members are experts in developing and applying those technologies. The PRC is formally staffed by faculty from the Departments of Chemistry Life Science, Electrical Engineering Computer Science, and Physics Nuclear Engineering. Additionally, other faculty from both inside and outside these three departments participate in the PRC conducting research in laser and photonics technology areas. The PRC s three mission essential tasks are to educate both cadets and officers, conduct basic and applied research, and provide support to the Army in the area of laser and photonics technologies. Sustaining funding support for the PRC is provided through the Physics Division of the Army Research Office.

Subject Categories:

  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE