Application of Lasers for Sensing & Free Space Communication


LS&C seeks to merge enabling research with application needs using lasers in diverse fields such as quantum technologies, environmental sensing, remote imaging, autonomous situational awareness, close-in inspection, and medical diagnostics.

Laser systems satisfy many critical needs in sensing and high-bandwidth free-space optical (FSO) communications.  This meeting will especially highlight means by which quantum protocols can enhance the performance of these important application areas.  Challenges common both to sensing and to communication systems, such as atmospheric effects, are also of strong interest.  In addition to applications and systems, this meeting also covers enabling technologies that are often common to diverse laser-based systems.  Advances in sources, waveform/wavefront modulation techniques, receivers, optical apertures, and post-detection processing schemes are needed, and will be explored within this meeting.

Committee Members

  • Walter Buell, The Aerospace Corporation, United States , Chair
  • Edward Watson, University of Dayton, United States , Chair
  • Claudine Besson, ONERA, France
  • Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Richard Heinrichs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Thomas Karr, DARPA/STO, United States
  • Robert Lamb, Selex ES, United Kingdom
  • Paul McManamon, Exciting Technology LLC, United States
  • David Rabb, US Air Force Research Laboratory, United States


Walter Buell

The Aerospace Corporation, UNITED STATES

Edward Watson

University of Dayton, UNITED STATES


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