Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


1. Photonic Devices for Optical Computing (France)

Description: Data throughput processing requirements of real-time imagery and signal processing exceed the capabilities of digital electronic processors. Optical processing techniques are well suited for analysis of data generated by these high volume throughput applications. The development of photonic devices necessary for optical computing are of significant interest to the U.S. Army and have numerous military applications. World leaders in photonics/electro-optics include the United States and Japan, followed by France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Justification: ASTMP goals include demonstration of a 2-D optical processor capable of running real-time Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and signal processing algorithms on data from imaging sensors such as the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or electro-optical (E-O) systems. Near-term ASTMP milestones include the development of optical interconnections for computers; photonic and electronic devices integrated on the same chip; image-forming light modulators; and an order of magnitude improvement in spatial light modulation dynamic range.

Implementation: Active agreements cover this area.

AMC POC:

Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
AMXIP-OB
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
e-mail: [email protected]

CECOM IPOC:

Ms. Annette Chomsky
US Army CECOM
ATTN: AMSEL-RD-AS-TI
Ft. Monmouth, NJ 07703
e-mail: [email protected]

ARL IPOC:

Mr. Stephen Cohn
Army Research Laboratory
AMSTL-TT-IP
2800 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, MD 20783-1197
e-mail: [email protected]