The SET-210 specialist meeting on infrared laser technology for modern battlefield requirements was held on the 24th and 25th of July at the Defence CBRN Centre near Salisbury in the UK. 46 attendees from 7 nations enjoyed a stimulating, exciting and condensed couple of days exchanging ideas, concepts and information on the latest developments in laser technology and discussing the needs of emerging and enduring military laser requirements.
The meeting reviewed the applicability and technical readiness of various infrared laser technologies against modern military requirements. Information was exchanged including a number of technical records in terms of laser power, spectral coverage, divergence and encoding techniques, all with a view towards exploitation in the military domain captured through wall plug-efficiency, robustness to mechanical vibrations, temperature fluctuations and manufacturability. The technical quality of the attendees and their broad expertise and deep knowledge provided a unique opportunity to identify and initiate new international collaborations to address the most pressing military laser requirements.
The 22 short presentations (including 3 keynote papers) were organised into three laser technology and three applications driven sessions. The technology sessions on the first day covered traditional solid-state laser technology, waveguide and fibre lasers and infrared diode laser technology. The applications sessions, principally on the second day, covered high energy and power applications, stand-off chemical and explosive detection and active imaging.
A discussion session was held on the final afternoon to capture the key messages emerging from the meeting which included:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014