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Photonics illuminates the future of radar

The first implementation of a fully photonics-based coherent radar system shows how photonic methods for radio-frequency signal generation and measurement may facilitate the development of software-defined radar systems. See Letter p.341

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Figure 1: A photonics-based radar system.


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McKinney, J. Photonics illuminates the future of radar. Nature 507, 310–312 (2014).

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