Tripling Optical Storage With New Encoding Approach

Purdue University innovators have created technology aimed at replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters” to modernize optical storage. This will allow more data to be stored and for that data to be read at a quicker rate. Rather than using the traditional dots and dashes as commonly used in these technologies, the Purdue innovators …

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DARPA’s On-chip Terabit Laser Communication Program

American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), a program of NY CREATES gave $19 million in research program awards for advanced integrated photonics under The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Lasers for Universal Microscale Optical Systems (LUMOS) program. AIM Photonics is advancing technology for applications with self-driving vehicles, AR, 3D camera technology, quantum …

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Nextbigfuture Interviews Honeywell on Scaling Trapped Ion Quantum Computers

Nextbigfuture interviewed Tony Uttley, President of Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Brian Neyenhuis, Commercial Operations Leader, Honeywell Quantum Solutions. Honeywell has a 10 fully connected qubit system with a proven quantum volume of 128. This is the highest quantum performance for any publicly known quantum computer. In the Nextbigfuture interview, Tony Uttley and Brian Neyenhuis described …

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250-300 kW Combat Lasers Now and Scaling to Megawatts

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Boeing are working together to scale 100 kW-class lasers to 250 kW-class High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon system to they can shoot down missiles and not just drones. The HEL weapon system will combine GA-EMS’ scalable distributed gain laser technology, HELLi-ion battery systems and integrated thermal management with Boeing’s …

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US Army and Navy Demo 300 Kilowatt Laser by 2022 and Navy Targets 500 Kilowatts by 2024

In 2022, the US Army will field test two high-energy lasers. A 50-kilowatt weapon to destroy enemy drones and incoming artillery rockets and a 300-kW weapon that could potentially shoot down cruise missiles. The US Navy has installed and tested 150 kilowatt lasers and will be testing 300-kilowatt lasers. US Army’s Six Modernization Priorities 1. …

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Pocket Sized Particle Accelerator Using THz Laser Pulses

A new pocket-sized particle accelerator has proven capable of projecting ultra-short electron beams with laser light at more than 99.99% of the speed of light. Researchers, led by Lancaster and Manchester Universities, have had to slow down light to match the speed of the electrons using a specially designed metallic structure lined with ultrathin quartz …

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Laser Diode Emits Deep UV Light

Asahi Kasei Corporation succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light. The laser diode emits the world’s shortest lasing wavelength, at 271.8 nanometers (nm), under pulsed [electric] current injection at room temperature. Previous efforts in the development of ultraviolet laser diodes had only managed to achieve emissions down to 336 nm. Laser diodes …

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Montreal Researchers on Track to 3 Petawatt Laser Pulses

Canadian researchers at the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) facility at INRS, generated 300 terawatt laser pulses (3 joules for a 10-femtosecond pulse). They plan to repeat the experiment with an energy of 3 petawatts (3000 trillion Watts – 13 joules over 5 femtoseconds). ALLS/LSF (Advanced Laser Light Source/ Laboratoire de Sources Femtosecondes) is a …

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Terahertz Plasmonic Lasers Achieve Record Power Output

Kumar, Jin and John L. Reno of Sandia are reporting another terahertz technology breakthrough: they have developed a new phase-locking technique for plasmonic lasers and, through its use, achieved a record-high power output for terahertz lasers. Their laser produced the highest radiative efficiency for any single-wavelength semiconductor quantum cascade laser. This is the first report …

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MegaCyberTruck for 3500 Mile Range and JLTV Replacement

Tesla has not created a Megacybertruck version for the US military. However, Nextbigfuture proposes an obvious ultra-long-range configuration that would totally outclass the JLTV and the combat laser mounted Strykers. Tesla could create a 1-megawatt hour version of the Cybertruck that would have 3500 miles of range and have JLTV level armor. The Cybertruck weighs …

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