Dr. Paul F. McManamon
President at Exciting Technology LLC
SPIE Involvement:
Editorial Board Member: Optical Engineering | Author | Instructor | Visiting Lecturer
Publications (54)

Proceedings Article | 2 March 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11272, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXII
KEYWORDS: Patents, Data storage, Satellites, Multiplexing, Data centers, Data communications, Prototyping, Absorption

SPIE Journal Paper | 24 December 2019
OE Vol. 58 Issue 12
KEYWORDS: Beam steering, Crystals, Quantum dots, Laser crystals, Electrodes, Phased array optics, Refractive index, Liquid crystals, Radar, Holograms

Proceedings Article | 30 August 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11125, ODS 2019: Industrial Optical Devices and Systems
KEYWORDS: Eye, Visibility through fog, Fiber optic gyroscopes, LIDAR, Sensors, Photons, Fiber lasers, Semiconductor lasers, Pulsed laser operation, Visibility

Proceedings Article | 30 August 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11125, ODS 2019: Industrial Optical Devices and Systems
KEYWORDS: Near infrared, Switches, Patents, Data storage, Wavelength division multiplexing, Multiplexing, Free space, Data centers, Analog electronics, Prototyping

SPIE Press Book | 10 July 2019

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Proceedings Volume Editor (2)

Conference Committee Involvement (18)
Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXVI
23 April 2012 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing
23 April 2012 | Baltimore, United States
Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXV
25 April 2011 | Orlando, Florida, United States
SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing
25 April 2011 | Orlando, United States
Unconventional Imaging IV
11 August 2008 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC649: Optical Phased Array Design & Implementation
This course provides the attendee with knowledge of optical phased array technology, design, and implementation. Optical phased array technology will allow revolutionary conformal apertures that steer optical systems with no moving parts. This technology will revolutionize laser communication, laser sensing, laser countermeasures, and laser weapons. In the longer term it will also revolutionize passive optical systems such as hyperspectral sensors. The course focuses on liquid crystal based approaches to implementing one dimension at a time, space fed, optical phased arrays. Methods of extending the size of optical phased array devices through combining sub-apertures are also discussed, as well as the potential for combining optical phased arrays with RF phased arrays. Course notes will be provided.
SC1033: Optical Phased Array Technologies and Systems
This course is an introduction to Optical Phased Arrays and their applications in active electro-optical systems, including high energy laser systems, long range laser imaging and laser communications. The course will develop an understanding of high resolution imaging using multiple sub-apertures, high resolution laser beam projection using multiple sub-apertures, optical phased array beam steering, phased array beam propagation, adaptive optics as applied to phased arrays, and modeling of phased array systems. Phased array component technologies to be covered will include fiber laser sources, high and low bandwidth imaging cameras, beam transport in fibers, non-mechanical beam steering elements, and other system elements. Some systems issues discussed will include system efficiencies, optical isolation for transmitters and imagers, acquisition, tracking and pointing (ATP), phased array fire control, and system weight and volume estimation.
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