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OPTICAL PROCESSORS FOR LIDAR APPLICATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
11518
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11518
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: OPTICAL PROCESSORS FOR LIDAR APPLICATIONS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,437.00
 

Abstract:

DEVELOPMENTS WHICH IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF LASER-BASED DETECTION AND RANGING SYSTEMS ARE OF MORE VALUE IF THEY CAN BE APPLIED IN A WIDE VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS. LASER RADAR SYSTEMS ARE GENERALLY APPLICATION SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENTS AND HAVE LARGE POSSIBLE VARIATIONS IN DESIGN. AN APPROACH WHICH OFFERS DISTINCT PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS, CAN BE EASILY IMPLEMENTED WITHIN THE DESIGN, AND SIMPLY EXTENDS A REQUIRED SYSTEM FUNCTION WILL BE ATTRACTIVE TO ALLLASER-RADAR DEVELOPERS. THIS PROPOSAL PRESENTS A NOVEL MIXING TECHNIQUE WHICH HAS SUCH ATTRIBUTES FOR COHERENT LASER RADAR APPLICATIONS. IN THE PHASE I EFFORT, THE FEASIBILITY OF USING CONTROLLED OPTICAL WAVE-FRONT MIXING TO IMPROVE NOISE REJECTION, INCREASE DYNAMIC RANGE AND REDUCE SYSTEM COMPLEXITY WILL BE INVESTIGATED. A UNIQUE OPTICAL PROCESSOR IS USED TO PRECISELY CONTROL THE PHASE RELATIONSHIPS OF THE OPTICAL WAVE FRONTS SUCH THAT THE MIXING TECHNIQUE IS INDEPENDENT OF FREE-SPACE PATHLENGTHS. THE WAVE-FRONT PROCESSOR USES A NON-LINEAR CRYSTAL WHICH ACTS AS A WAVEGUIDE AND PHASE SHIFTER.

Principal Investigator:

Gary B Sharp
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Boulder Nonlinear Systems Inc
2000 5th St/unit B Boulder, CO 80302

EIN/Tax ID: 841118066
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No