Project Description The market for high contrast diffractive gratings is growing rapidly as active sensing of 3D scenes becomes a dominant feature in modern consumer electronics. Advances in lithographic techniques and development of optical specific processes in ST semiconductor foundries has opened the door for high volume mass production of...
Optical Communication and Image Processing for Space Applications (OCIPSA)
Company: STAR-Dundee Ltd
University: University of Dundee
Supervisor: Keith Wilcox
Project: STAR-Dundee designs signal and image processing systems and data communications networks for use on-board spacecraft. STAR-Dundee played a leading role in the research and development of the SpaceWire spacecraft on-board network technology, which is now being used on more than 100 spacecraft. It is currently working on the next...
Process optimisation strategies for multiple COSI techniques
Company: MBDA UK
University: University of Strathclyde
Supervisor: Carmine Clemente
Project Description MBDA is expanding its research into Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging (COSI). One area of interest is Structured Imaging using, for example, Ladar (Laser Detecting and Ranging) to map a scene in real-time. The image of the scene is formed from thousands of pulses, with each pulse being...
MBDA has patented a novel infrared (IR) imaging device known within the company as the Flat Imager. The Flat Imager is similar in design to a TOMBO* imaging system, in so far as the device will capture multiple similar images of a scene. However, instead of using fixed microlenses it...
Electro-optic devices for extreme LIDAR in highly dynamic environments (EngD)
Company: MBDA (UK)
University: Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Derryck Reid
LIDAR / LADAR has become widespread in recent years, and uses pulse lasers to make time of flight measurements in order to build up a digital model of a scene. MBDA is undertaking investigations into the use of extreme LIDAR as a missile seeker technology. This project centres on the...
Short pulse lasers for machining composite materials.
Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Esser
Project Description The automotive and aerospace industries are utilising a higher proportion of composite materials, such as carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Machining CFRP at the required productivity rates whilst maintaining material integrity is an ongoing challenge. Most mechanical and laser based techniques...
Ultrafast laser inscription of components for quantum technologies
Company: Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
Supervisor: Prof. Ajoy Kar
The Project The Ultrafast Laser Inscription technique exploits the high fields present at the focus of an ultrafast pulse train to modify transparent materials. By tuning the parameters of the writing laser, the modification can take the form of an index change (exploited in grating, lens or waveguide formation) or...
Advanced holography for augmented reality head-up displays
Company: Ceres Holographics Ltd
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Vettenburg
Ceres Holographics is at the forefront of volume hologram production in photo-polymerisable film. This has wide ranging applications, including augmented reality head-up displays for the automotive market. Such displays can be used for displaying driver and traffic information on the windshield of a car. While currently marketed technology displays the...
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