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Mar 2018

UAVs Support Defense, Security Advances

The modern defense and security industry is advancing as rapidly as the technology that supports it.

Justine MurphyThe military is employing surveillance tools such as drones in situations where covertness is crucial. The French have plans to arm drones — something that is already in place or in the planning stages in numerous other European countries — as supporting technologies such as sensors continue to advance. Specifically, this includes six of France’s existing Reaper surveillance drones that are currently based in Africa’s Sahel region and being used in the fight against Islamic extremists. According to information from the Associated Press, the French military has not yet announced weaponry specifics or timeframes for deployment.

As the frequency and destructiveness of terrorist attacks increase worldwide, drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are playing an important role in complex military situations. These technologies are featuring more compact sensors and advanced imaging components and finding application in military operations as well as in natural disaster risk assessment and preparedness.

In our cover story, Contributing Editor Marie Freebody delves into the realm of UAVs and their surveillance, sensing and imaging capacities, as well as their impact on modern warfare and homeland security and what the future holds for such technology (read article).

Also in this issue:

• Henrik Fabricius, CTO of Delta Optical Thin Film A/S, and Oliver Pust, the company’s director of sales and marketing, discuss how optical continuously variable bandpass filters are aiding hyperspectral imaging techniques, in turn making them more appealing to large markets (read article).

• Arnaud Rigny, business development manager at Soitec, offers an in-depth look at silicon photonics and its potential for better data connectivity (read article).

• We highlight the 2018 winners of the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media and revealed during a ceremony at Photonics West 2018 in San Francisco (read article).

Enjoy the issue!
Mike Wheeler
An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Managing Editor Michael D. Wheeler oversees editorial content for Photonics Spectra, EuroPhotonics, BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics magazines.
Marcia Stamell
Associate Managing Editor Marcia Stamell is the editor of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics. She has worked for general interest newspapers, the business press and national magazines as a writer and editor.
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. She serves as editor of EuroPhotonics, host of Light Matters and producer of podcasts. She also leads development of magazine special sections and marketing projects.
Autum Pylant
News Editor Autum C. Pylant is an Air Force Veteran with 10+ years of award-winning broadcast journalism experience. She is responsible for the steady flow of news and new product announcements to web and print and is the producer of the Light Matters video newscast.
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
Karen Newman
Karen Newman, Publisher/Books & Courses for Photonics Media Press, has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
Hank Hogan
Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
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