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High Speed Solid State Mid-Infrared Spectral Tuner for Laser Radar Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
52845
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A002-2899
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AURORA ASSOC.
3350 Scott Boulevard Santa Clara, CA 95054
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: High Speed Solid State Mid-Infrared Spectral Tuner for Laser Radar Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAD17-01-C-0013
Award Amount: $69,995.00
 

Abstract:

The Army has a need for a compact high-speed solid state hyperspectral tuner for rapildy tuning mid-infrared lasers and optical parametric oscillatorrs operating in the 3-5 micron range. Such electronic tunable source is needed in laser radar and Lidarsystems for various applications such as countermeasures and standoff detection of chemical and biological weapons. Present techniques are bulky and suffer from critical alignment, poor reliabiltiy from moving parts, and slow tuning rates. The objectiveis to construct and demonstrate a high-speed spectral tuner in the 3-5 micron range based on acousto-optic techniques. Based on experimental results, the oprojected performance of two types of AO tuners are: 1cm^-1 resolution and 95% efficiency at 1 wattdrive power. Using a transverse configuration, the tuning speed is estimated about 1MHz. The proposed approach is to use the above design as a low-risk baseline. Performance enhancement techniques are proposed to significantly improve the performance.The onbjective is to overcome the limitations including spectral resolution (2.2cm^-1), transmission efficicency (97%) and beam quality. All these factors will greatly affect the performance of the tunable OPOs.A rugged, field-deployable non-mechanicalacousto-optic tuner for OPOs will have many military applications. The near-term applications with the largest potential markets are chemical detection systems for environmental monitoring systems and manufacturing process monitoring.

Principal Investigator:

I.c. Chang
Principal Investigator
4087482960
AurorAssoc@aol.com

Business Contact:

Phoebe Chang
President
4087482960
AurorAssoc@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AURORA ASSOC.
3350 Scott Boulevard Santa Clara, CA 95054

EIN/Tax ID: 943102899
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No