Monday, September 20, 2010

IEEE Student Chapter Seminar: 10.1.10 / CREOL 102 / 9:30-10:30am / “Adaptive Photonic Phase-Locked Elements (APPLE)”, Dr. Terry Dorschner

IEEE Student Chapter Seminar: “Adaptive Photonic Phase-Locked Elements (APPLE)”, Dr. Terry Dorschner CREOL 102 Friday, October 1, 2010 / 9:30am-10:30am

Dr. Terry A. Dorschner

Network Centric Systems


Dr. Terry Dorschner, Principal Investigator for the DARPA APPLE program, will describe this innovative program and spell out the important role that UCF researchers are playing. APPLE (Adaptive Photonic Phase-Locked Elements) is developing all-electronic combining and steering of high power laser beams within an agile, conformal, aperture. The APPLE vision is a coherently-phased array of optical apertures that directly addresses the long standing DoD need for flexible, multi-function laser systems for applications in laser radar, laser target designation, laser communications, and ultimately, high power laser systems. It is a practical approach to synthesizing high-power directed energy weapon lasers from lower power modules, and provides electro-optical systems with the same mission flexibility and performance enhancements that microwave phased arrays provide for RF systems.


Dr. Terry Dorschner is a Senior Principal Engineering Fellow for Network Centric Systems (NCS). He is widely recognized as the father and champion of optical phased array technology and is currently working within Integrated Communications Systems to grow a laser communications business based on optical phased arrays.

He was the primary author of the IEEE Proceedings paper entitled “Optical Phased Array Technology,” which was awarded the 1998 IEEE R.G. Baker Prize, given for the best paper published in all of the IEEE journals, and selected for the potential impact of the reported technology on the future of engineering. He holds more than 40 US and International Patents.

Terry earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Raytheon’s Engineering Management and Advanced Management Programs.

For more information:

Likai Zhu - IEEE Student Chapter President


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