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

2. Optical Processing, Optical Components, and Optoelectronics (U.K.)

Description: The photonics offer inherently high bandwidth, compactness, power efficiency, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. The non-interfering nature of light and the propagation characteristics lend themselves theoretically to massively parallel, high speed information processing. Analog photonic processors offer extremely high effective processing speeds, and much of the ongoing research is focused on bistable switching components and processing elements needed to implement digital processors.

Justification: This effort supports the immediate Photonic Signal Processing Technology STO. In the longer term, optical computing is seen as an enabling technology for achieving multi-teraOP performance goals of the DoD High Performance Computing Initiatives.

Implementation: There is a data exchange agreement which has the potential for significant contributions to ASTMP technical objectives.


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


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