Video: July 21, 2023 Photonics Hot List

July 21, 2023
In this episode, we cover a laser weapon system to combat drones, how cameras aid study of woodpeckers’ behavior, and how smartphones could become healthcare tools.

In this episode of Photonics Hot List...

A new high-energy laser weapon system could be a game-changer in war zones. Made to be rugged and portable, the setup is designed to protect against aerial threats and target, track, and destroy small- to medium-sized drones.

Using a Mikrotron megapixel camera to capture high-resolution, slow-motion videos of woodpeckers in action, researchers in Belgium have begun cracking the code of this bird’s interesting behavior.

A unique approach for medical imaging, combining AI and hyperspectral imaging, has the potential to add healthcare to the smartphone’s list of capabilities.

About the Author

Justine Murphy | Senior Editor

Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning writer and editor with more 20 years of experience in newspaper publishing as well as public relations, marketing, and communications. For nearly 10 years, she has covered all facets of the optics and photonics industry as an editor, writer, web news anchor, and podcast host for an internationally reaching magazine publishing company. Her work has earned accolades from the New England Press Association as well as the SIIA/Jesse H. Neal Awards. She received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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