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With integrated photonics, gone is the tedious, expensive and error-prone manual connecting of components, thanks to integration that brings these onto a single chip.

HANK HOGAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, [email protected]

When it comes to spacecraft, planes and military gear, weight is all important. That’s understandable, as it costs about $10,000 to put a pound in orbit, in the case of spacecraft. For planes and military gear, there are limits on what can be flown or carried. Hence, the importance of keeping weight down — and the growing interest in and use of photonic integrated circuits (PICs). “We’re buying size, weight and power,” said Michael Krainak of the technology. Measuring strain with fiber optics allows computation of wing deflection and slope, which can be...Read full article

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