This was a photon budget for an OCT system—interesting primarily for the effect of path delay in turning FM noise in the superluminescent diode (SLD) into AM noise in the measurement.
This was for a midsize start-up making very large, high resolution touchscreen displays—they needed an outside pair of eyes to do some sanity checking of a couple of their proposed designs.
I chaired a series of formal design reviews for a start-up company making immersive displays with resolution better than the human eye.
Another Della project for the Navy: I did a photon budget that showed that this could be done optically within the power and weight constraints, and would work in bright sun as well as at night. (Optical communications are much harder to intercept or to jam than radio.)
A shootout between the two major classes of transimpedance amplifier (TIA) designs for one difficult corner of the design space.