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Raytheon laser technology makes US patent history

11 July 2018

Raytheon has received a US patent for technology to obtain real-time readings on speed and distance from the data stream created by laser radars. The patent marks the 10 millionth US patent issued.

The technology, invented by Joe Marron, an optical engineer for Raytheon, improves the ability of laser radars to identify and track objects. Laser radars use reflected light to measure speed and distance.

“This invention allows us to measure the amplitude and phase of light, and it is particularly useful with laser systems,” Marron told Jane’s . “By measuring the amplitude and phase, we can infer speed and distance, and that is very useful for many current applications.”

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