Novel Photonics Sensing and Systems for Military Metrology


wildGraham Wild

RMIT University, Australia

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Photonics systems are becoming more significant in military platforms, especially in aircraft, where the increase in data rate, improved EMI hardness, improved safety, and reduced weight, are a significant advantage. The purpose of this presentation will be to overview the current and future technological trends in photonics sensing and associated systems, specifically for military avionics. Specific case studies will involve the application of optical fibre systems to the structural health monitoring of UAV aircraft, and the revolutionary electro-optical Distributed Aperture System utilised on the F-35 Lightning II. Future technological progressions will also be eluded by examining the technology from other areas of physics and technology. How the “all optical” (past all electric) future may revolutionise avionics will also be investigated.



Born, Rotherham England in 1981. In 2004 he received his Bachelor of Science (Physics and Mathematics), from Edith Cowan University, graduating with highest honors in Physics in 2005. In 2008 he received a scholarship to obtain a Graduate Certificate (Research Commercialisation), from Queensland University of Technology. In 2008 he received his Master of Science and Technology (Photonics and Optoelectronics), from the University of New South Wales. In 2010 he was awarded his PhD (Engineering), from Edith Cowan University, investigating distributed optical fibre smart sensors for structural health monitoring in robust aerospace vehicles. In 2010 he was a Postdoctoral research associate in the Photonics Research Laboratory at Edith Cowan University. In 2011 he was appointed as a Lecturer of Aviation Systems, Edith Cowan University. In 2012 he became a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace and Aviation at RMIT University, in the School of Aerospace Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He is currently the Aviation Program Manager at RMIT University, in the School of Aerospace Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He has authored 15 articles, 4 book chapters, and 60+ conference presentations. His current research interests include, Aircraft Systems, Aerospace Vehicle Health Monitoring, Optical Fibres, Sensing and Instrumentation, Sustainable Aviation, and Aviation Technology.