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High Speed Polarization Modulation of Microcavity Lasers for Laser Radar…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
94828
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
09ST2-0015
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09T003
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B Suite B Ventura, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: High Speed Polarization Modulation of Microcavity Lasers for Laser Radar (LADAR) Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20086
Award Amount: $98,987.00
 

Abstract:

A need exists for polarization interrogating and discriminating Ladar systems to detect and discriminate defilade targets. In the proposed effort, Aerius, and our partner at the University of Illinois, will apply photonic crystal technology to extend Aerius' high power, high wall plug efficiency, Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) results to develop a stable polarization switched VCSEL source. The proposed effort will apply this device to a bread board coherent Ladar system demonstration in Phase I and a full-scanning Ladar system in Phase II. The application of this device will enable dynamic and rapid polarization diverse measurements to detect and discriminate defilade targets. The proposed approach addresses the historical inadequacies associated with stability and modulation speed of polarization controlled laser diodes. Additional applications for optical communications and other methods of remote sensing will also be investigated. Phase I will achieve TRL 3-4 and Phase II TRL level 6.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy Strand
Principal Research Scientist
8056424645
tstrand@aeriusphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Jonathan Geske
President
8056424645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B Ventura, CA 93003

EIN/Tax ID: 200992331
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
3108 Micro and Nanotech Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Contact: Kent Choquette
Contact Phone: 2172650563