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Miniature Monolithic Transmitter for Laser Rangefinding

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
52783
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A002-2828
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027 0302
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Miniature Monolithic Transmitter for Laser Rangefinding
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAH01-02-C-R007
Award Amount: $728,963.00
 

Abstract:

"Pulsed laser rangefinders/illuminators provide critical sensor data for military and civilian inhabited/uninhabited vehicle guidance as well as reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. However, the laser source must be eyesafe, robust,low-cost, low-mass, and compact as well as possess short coherence length and high beam quality. Currently fielded laser rangefinders tend to be undesirably bulky, heavy and costly with misalignment-prone discrete laser components. Moreover, they may noteasily scale to higher average or peak powers required for active imaging. The Army Night Vision Laboratory has addressed these issues by developing a robust "monoblock" laser-OPO transmitter. To augment the monoblock, CTI executed Phase 1 demonstrationsof key technical extensions that retain its ruggedness, size, and power scalability while providing: (a) lower cost, (b) increased misalignment tolerance, (c) reduced sensitivity to temperature and thermal loading for power-scaling, (d) neardiffraction-limited beam quality, and (e) shorter temporal pulses (1-2ns) for increased rangefinder accuracy and compatibility with 3-D active imaging. Phase II will deliver two prototype transmitters, one diode and one flashlamp-pumped, each beingcompatible with illuminator and rangefinder requirements. The diode-pumped unit will be shock hardened for small armaments. The program leverages CTI's expertise in developing eyesafe wavelength lasers for

Principal Investigator:

Iain McKinnie
Senior Research Scientist
3036042000
iainm@ctilidar.com

Business Contact:

Sammy Henderson
Vice President and CTO
3036042000
sammy@ctilidar.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Coherent Technologies, Inc.
655 Aspen Ridge Drive Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 840953476
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No