Photonics Focus vol. 5 issue 2

March/April 2024 | Vol. 5 | Issue 2

This issue of Photonics Focus explores security. A story on the US Central Intelligence Agency's museum highlights the Agency's optics and photonics innovations, particularly over the decades of the Cold War. A feature on geospatial intelligence looks at how today's satellite imaging is changing our views of global conflict. Finally, a story on laser weapons explores how the lightsabers of science fiction are becoming crucial to real-life military strategy.  

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The CIA has a museum showcasing its innovative spy craft technologies—but you can’t just go there.
Eye spy: Optics, photonics, and espionage
Satellite imagery raises questions about keeping up with the clarity of information they provide.
Satellite warriors: Today's geospatial imagery provides a high-resolution view of global strife
Laser weapons are on the battlefield and increasingly at the heart of military strategy.
Zapping enemy targets: Viable laser weapons remain critical to military strategy
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