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Company Information:

Company Name: Fibertek, Inc.
City: Herndon
State: VA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://Fibertek.com
Phone: (703) 956-3600

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $5,296,203.00 59
SBIR Phase II $19,717,756.00 32
STTR Phase I $299,770.00 3
STTR Phase II $749,740.00 1

Award List:

HIGH REPETITION RATE SOLID-STATE LASER FOR BOTTOM MAPPING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Walter Koechner
Award Amount: $48,743.00

NEW MATERIALS FOR TUNABLE SOLID-STATE LASERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Horacio R Verdun
Award Amount: $50,000.00

HIGH REPETITION RATE SOLID-STATE LASER FOR BOTTOM MAPPING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Walter Koechner
Award Amount: $357,000.00
Abstract:
Certain applications in coastal hydrography require a short pulse width, high repetition rate output format in the green spectral region. a design for a solid-state laser is described which will generate 5 nanosecond pulses at an energy of 0.5 mj per pulse and a repetition rate of 10khz. the output… More

HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL AND SENSITIVE GAMMA/NEUTRON DETECTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Walter Koechner
Award Amount: $49,589.00

APPLICATION OF THE SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPE FOR NON-CONTACT TESTING OF HGCDTE DIODES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Horacio Verdun
Award Amount: $49,707.00

SOLID STATE MID INFRARED LASER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr W Koechner
Award Amount: $49,707.00

PRESSURE SENSITIVE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR FOR TORPEDO GEAR TESTING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Garry Spector
Award Amount: $49,707.00

NEW MATERIALS FOR TUNABLE SOLID-STATE LASERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Horacio R Verdun
Award Amount: $479,000.00
Abstract:
Advanced tunable laser materials form the basis for satisfying future army system requirements. since it is not yet possible to predict from the existing body of solid-state theory which host crystal and active-ion dopant leads to a suitable laser for a given wavelength range, an empirical approach… More

HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL AND SENSITIVE GAMMA/NEUTRON DETECTOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr Walter Koechner
Award Amount: $292,000.00
Abstract:
A highly sensitive and directional nuclear radiation detection system,responding to low-level gamma-radiation and low neutron flux, would beimportant in the area of decoy discrimination and/or as a warning device against threat particle beam weapons. for example, active illumination of a potential… More

FABRICATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTOR FILAMENTS FROM METAL-CONTAING POLYMERIC PRECURSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr german de la fuente
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The use of metal-containing polymers as precursors to high critical temperature (t(c)) superconducting filaments will be explored through a proprietary low-temperature solution synthesis. careful evaluation of the pertinent chemical literature will be done to optimize the starting material… More

PRESSURE SENSITIVE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR FOR TORPEDO GEAR TESTING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Garry Spector
Award Amount: $498,964.00
Abstract:
A fiberoptic pressure sensor is described, in which the sensor elements are placed in the roots of various gears. this permits an engineering evaluation relating the measured pressure at the geartooth-root interaction to the performance of the gear. the subminiature design of the electronics permits… More

APPLICATION OF THE SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPE FOR NON-CONTACT TESTING OF HGCDTE DIODES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Horacio Verdun
Award Amount: $617,405.00
Abstract:
A novel method for non-contact, non-invasive in-situ photodiode evaluation on the wafer is proposed. the proposed method is based on a modified form of the scanning tunneling microscope (stm). although primarily a tool for materials surface research, we believe the technique can be adapted to… More

SOLID STATE MID INFRARED LASER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr W Koechner
Award Amount: $617,405.00
Abstract:
The potential of a solid state source for the generation of tunable mir will be reexamined in light of recent developments in the area of new nonlinear optical materials and the emergence of very efficient solid state lasers.

FIBER OPTIC LONG COUNTER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $45,184.00

NEW CHROMIUM-ACTIVATED CRYSTALS FOR DIODE-PUMPED LASERS OPERATING IN THE NEAR INFRARED

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Horacio R Verdun
Award Amount: $49,928.00

FIBER OPTIC LONG COUNTER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $499,086.00
Abstract:
Fibertek proposes to extend the capability of the neutron sensing long counter to low resolution neutron energy discrimination and gamma ray rejection through the use of lithium doped glass scintillator fibers. fibertek intends to incorporate (6)li- and (7)li-doped glass scintillator fibers into a… More

NEW CHROMIUM-ACTIVATED CRYSTALS FOR DIODE-PUMPED LASERS OPERATING IN THE NEAR INFRARED

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Horacio R Verdun
Award Amount: $496,132.00
Abstract:
The recent development of high-power gaalas diode laser arrays emitting in the 740-890 um region encourages the search for new chromium-doped crystals for near-infrared tunable lasers with potential for improved performance. among the many crystal hosts, there are those with structure possessing… More

Advanced, Diode-Pumped, Cavity-Dumped Laser for Space-Based Altimetry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alan Hays
Award Amount: $49,847.00

DIRECT GENERATION OF NEAR INFRARED LASER WAVELENGTH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ti Chuang
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
This program will investigate and develop an existing near infrared, solid-state laser medium that lases at 1.178 m. The laser medium proposed to be developed is a manganese-doped, barium ortho-vanadate crystal: Mn:Ba3 (VO4)2. This crystal has been grown by Fibertek for preliminary evaluation. The… More

Advanced, Diode-Pumped, Cavity-Dumped Laser for Space-Based Altimetry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alan Hays
Award Amount: $496,672.00

Eye-Safe Measurement Of The Wind Field/Shear In The Lower Atmosphere Using The Edge Detection Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ti Chuang , Physicist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

TUNABLE SOLID-STATE UV FREQUENCY CONVERTER FOR OZONE DIAL INSTRUMENTATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeff Kasinski , Laser Scientist
Award Amount: $69,682.00

Lidar Systems For Atmospheric Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alan D. Hays , LASER SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $69,997.00

Lidar Systems For Atmospheric Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alan D. Hays , LASER SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $598,680.00

Investigation of Packaging Technology for Long-Lifetime Space-Based Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $64,400.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Man-Portable LIFDAR System for the Remote Detection of Clandestine Laboratories

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ti Chuang, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,018.00
Abstract:
The proliferation of clandestine laboratories for illegal drug manufacturing has escalated throughout the years. National total of methamphetamine laboratories seizures has grown from 43 in 1973 to a 2025 in 1999. Last year it registered an increment of24% compared to the previous year. These… More

Ultra-Compact Laser Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Francis Fitzpatrick, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,666.00
Abstract:
"This program will develop a new approach for laser transmitters for ultra-compact space-based ladar systems. The technology proposed has the potential for reducing the size, weight and cost of the laser transmitter by an order of magnitude over existingdevices with the same average power. The… More

Single Photon Counting 3D Lidar Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Guy Beaghler, President
Award Amount: $69,672.00
Abstract:
"This proposal addresses the need for a high-resolution 3-D imaging receiver subsystem, part of a direct detection laser radar (Ladar) used for BMD target discrimination and tracking. Currently, implementation of active Ladar sensors on exo-atmospherickinetic energy kill vehicles (EKVs) and… More

Multi-Wavelength Low-Power Solid State Lasers for Space Based Laser Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Floyd Hovis, Director of Space Lasers
Award Amount: $99,598.00
Abstract:
"Abstract: The emergence of space-based lasers as a viable alternative for ballistic missile destruction in space has started a flourish of activity aimed at the development and testing of components and systems required for this application. Currentschedule for the completion of these tests is… More

High Power, High Efficiency Optical Power Amplifiers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Utano, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,726.00
Abstract:
Develop new techniques to design and build a fiber optical amplifier capable of >10W with wall plug efficiencies of >30% for space based commmunications applications. Fibertek proposes a Phase I program that includes a comprehensive trade analysis on fiberlaser technology, modeling of a baseline… More

Short Pulse Eyesafe Laser Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Utano, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR effort will develop a compact high pulse energy eyesafe laser transmitter with a pulse width of 1ns and a repetition rate of 30Hz. This source will be compatible with multi-function operation (imaging, rangefinding and designation) anddesigned for compact packaging. The end… More

Short Pulse Eyesafe Laser Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Richard Utano, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $598,794.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR effort will develop a compact high pulse energy eyesafe laser transmitter with a pulse width of 1ns and a repetition rate of 30Hz. This source will be compatible with multi-function operation (imaging, rangefinding and designation) anddesigned for compact packaging. The end… More

High Energy, Diode-Pumped, Nd:YAG Laser for Space-Based Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Floyd E. Hovis, Director of Space Lasers
Award Amount: $99,214.00
Abstract:
Lidar systems are powerful tools for a wide range of remote sensing applications. These include precision distance measurements, target detection, designation, and imaging, and the mapping of chemical species concentrations. The transition of lidartechnology into space will provide a powerful tool… More

Integrated Laser Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Khoa Le, Senior Electrical Enginee
Award Amount: $69,856.00
Abstract:
We will develop the next generation drive and control electronics for diode-pumped military lasers. New approaches to switching power supplies, energy storage and magnetics will enable the size and weight of drive and control electronics to be loweredwhile increasing the power output and efficiency… More

Laser Designator for Mk 46 Optical Sight System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fran Fitzpatrick, Senior Laser Engineer
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
Fibertek will develop an advanced Laser Target Designator/Rangefinder for ship self defense. The LTD/R will be designed to be integrated into the upgraded Mk 46 OSS. Eye safe rangefinding and targeting will be enabled to the maximum useful range of theOSS. The new LTD/R makes use of innovations… More

Ultra-Compact Laser Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Fran Fitzpatrick, Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,597.00
Abstract:
This program seeks to develop a new approach for laser transmitters aimed at ultra-compact space-based Ladar systems. The technology proposed has the potential for reducing the size, weight and cost of the laser transmitter by an order of magnitude over existing devices with the same average power.… More

Single Photon Counting 3D Lidar Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: William Gavert, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $749,568.00
Abstract:
The proposed Single Photon Counting 3D Ladar Receiver forms part of a high repetition-rate Ladar system that will provide a significant saving in cost, volume, mass and power consumption when compared to currently proposed MDA active sensor systems. When combined with a high-repetition-rate… More

High Energy, Diode-Pumped, Nd:YAG Laser for Space-Based Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Floyd E. Hovis
Award Amount: $749,219.00
Abstract:
Lidar systems are powerful tools for a wide range of remote sensing applications. These include precision distance measurements, target detection, designation, and imaging, and wind speed measurements. The transition of lidar technology into space will provide a powerful tool for defense and… More

Integrated Laser Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Khoa Le, Sr. Electrical Engineer
Award Amount: $500,359.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II effort, Fibertek will implement designs for integrated electronic pulsed power and thermal control modules demonstrated in Phase I prototypes. These electronics modules feature novel higher efficiency power conversion and control circuitry. The pulsed power modules will be… More

Ultra-Compact Doppler LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
The availability of moderate power fiber lasers and amplifiers has made possible the demonstration of compact Laser Radar systems in the eye safe spectral region. These systems benefit primarily from the high repetition rates afforded by the ideal thermal management in optical fibers allowing very… More

Ballistic Missile Innovative Electro-Optic Products

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, Sr. Laser Scientist
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
Advanced modulation formats and detection approaches, common in optical communications, have the potential of improving the performance of coherent LADAR systems. In order to achieve unambiguous range and velocity discrimination a sophisticated modulation format is required. We want to adapt… More

Space-Qualified 1064 nm Seed and Metrology Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Floyd E. Hovis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
A space-qualified, single-frequency oscillator operating at 1064 nm is a critical component for a number of active optical measurement systems that have been proposed for both ground and space-based NASA missions. These include metrology for space-based interferometers, direct detection wind lidar… More

Air-cooled High-power Blue-Green Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fran Fitzpatrick, Sr. Laser Scientist
Award Amount: $69,858.00
Abstract:
This program will develop the next-generation air-cooled laser transmitter for underwater mine detection and other active sensor systems. The technical approach to be investigated incorporates novel high-gain laser pump modules in an oscillator-amplifier configuration to produce tens of Watts… More

STTR Phase I: High Power Optic Source Enabling Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, PI
Award Amount: $99,992.00
RI Contact: Roger Stolen
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project investigates efficient stimulated Raman amplification in the 1620-1750 nm near infrared spectral region. This spectral range overlaps with the first overtone of the strongest vibration resonances. In addition, no efficient high… More

Next Generation Fiber Laser Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, Director of Fiber Optroni
Award Amount: $749,977.00
Abstract:
Fibertek Inc., is proposing to produce a high repetition rate fiber laser transmitter at 532nm to replace an existing low repetition rate laser source for MDA Ladar applications. This new transmitter increases the output power by a factor of twenty and increases the rate of pulse production one… More

Space-Qualified 1064 nm Seed and Metrology Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Floyd Hovis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $597,898.00
Abstract:
Several instruments that are potential candidates for future space-based NASA missions require a highly stable, single frequency laser oscillator that is wavelength tunable. It should be a cw source with an output in the 10-100 mW range. Most of the applications either require that the wavelength… More

Vertical Wind Profile Data Collection Using Laser Technology on Unmanned Delivery Platforms.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, Director of Fiber Optronics
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
For unmanned air vehicules to become cost effective and have reliable performance they will require avionic sensor systems such as obstacle avoidance and wind sensing that are low cost and weight just a few pounds. Doppler Laser Radar has indeed proven to be a useful tool to measure wind fields… More

Laser Designator for Mk 46 Optical Sight System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fran FItzpatrick, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $599,843.00
Abstract:
This program will develop an advanced Laser Target Designator / Rangefinder (LTD/R) for incorporation into the Mk46 Optical Sight System. The new LTD/R will enable designation and eye-safe rangefinding against air and sea-based targets with ranges out to the horizon. Applications include… More

Ultra-Compact Doppler LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, Director
Award Amount: $727,873.00
Abstract:
Coherent Laser Radar is becoming a versatile remote sensing tool. It is applied to a wide variety of situations ranging from atmospheric monitoring of wind and aerosols to vibrometric monitoring of remote objects.[1] A compact, low weight system is however required to break into most of the… More

Space-Qualified Ultrastable Laser Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ti Chuang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,835.00
Abstract:
We propose the development and space-qualification of a 1.06 micron ultrastable fiber laser source that fully satisfies the requirements of this SBIR opportunity (Laser Technologies for Gravitational Wave Detection). Our recommended approach builds on extensive experience developing and using… More

High Power Optical Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, Director of Fiber Optronics
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
One of the key components enabling inter-satellite optical communications is a high power amplifier operating within the optical C-band. This specification ensures that this amplifier is compatible with very highly reliable fiber based transponder components which have been developed for… More

High Energy Laser (HEL) Beam Combination for Enhancement of Fiber Laser Performance for Ranging and Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Wiiliam E. Torruellas, Director Fiber Optronics
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
The development of eye safe fiber lasers for wavelengths with high transmission through the atmosphere, capable of operating single wavelength at short pulses (¿|1ns), high pulse energy, high average power, and high beam quality, require the development of appropriate active fiber designs as well… More

Vertical Wind Profile Data Collection Using Laser Technology on Unmanned Delivery Platforms.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: William Torruellas, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $319,109.00
Abstract:
This program addresses the Special Operations need for a cost effective wind Lidar system enabling efficient delivery of psychological warfare material. Our approach involves the design, development and field demonstration of an all fiber transceiver allowing for the mapping of wind fields. The… More

Modulated Pulsed Laser Sources for Imaging Lidars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Francis Kimpel, Sr. Electrical Engineer
Award Amount: $79,853.00
Abstract:
We propose the demonstration of a highly versatile system allowing computer controlled modulations formats achieving a minimum 5W at 532nm with 500Kpps repetition frequency and 800MHz intra-pulse modulation. This approach can easily be extended to other wavelengths of interest to the Navy by… More

Ultra-High Temporal Resolution Laser Radar (LADAR) Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bill Gavert, Senior Electrical Engineer
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
Fibertek Corporation of Herndon VA is proposing to perform critical system analysis and design for an ultra high resolution analog-to-digital converter(ADC)-based LADAR receiver that can resolve multiple

Optical Obstacle Avoidance System for Lunar and Mars Landing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: William E. Torruellas, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,991.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
The systems developed at fibertek for Obstacle-Avoidance has so far all been operated at 1560nm. Such an operation is required due to the required eye-safety constraint. This wavelength range has so far shown reduced efficiency to a 30% optical-optical efficiency in the last stage of optical… More

Space-Qualifiable 1064 nm Fiber Based Transmitter for Long Range Optical Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Francis G. Kimpel, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,857.00
Abstract:
Fibertek has developed transmitters for Lidar and 3D imaging applications based on fiber optics architectures both at 1064nm. We have demonstrated an all fiber transmitter producing as much as 15W at 10Kpps. This all-fiber based transmitter produces pulses at 1064nm as short as 750ps and can have… More

Single Frequency Lasers for Space-Based Wind and Aerosol Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Floyd E. Hovis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,389.00
Abstract:
This SBIR will develop single frequency cw laser technology for 2um lidar and UV interferometer locking control critical to NASA missions that will measure atmospheric winds and aerosols. NASA recently completed the Earth Science Decadal Study that identified atmospheric global wind and aerosol… More

Novel Efficient and Compact Diode-pumped Rod Gain Modules for Ultra Short Pulsed (USP) Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Mathason, Senior Laser Engineer
Award Amount: $69,157.00
Abstract:
A novel rod laser amplifier design for CPA of USP lasers has been developed. In Phase I the design will be finalized and performance modeling will be completed. In the option phase we will demonstrate a subscale amplifier head to verify design and performance.

Modulated Pulsed Laser Sources for Imaging Lidars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Frank Kimpel, Sr. Electrical Engineer
Award Amount: $749,810.00
Abstract:
A new approach in underwater Lidar (Light detection and ranging) imaging is being evaluated which should improve the contrast of submerged targets. The use of radio frequency modulation in underwater imaging applications has been suggested to discriminate against the volume backscatter clutter.… More

Single Frequency Lasers for Space-Based Wind and Aerosol Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Floyd D. Hovis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $898,548.00
Abstract:
Stable, single-frequency cw lasers operating at 2 ýým and at 1064/532/355 nm are needed in a number of lidar systems that are being planned for NASA airborne and space-based lidar systems. These include the following. 1. Direct Detection Doppler Wind Lidar systems that operate at 355 nm. 2.… More

Space-Qualifiable High Reliability Frequency-Stabilized CW Laser Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ti Chuang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,976.00
Abstract:
We propose the development and space qualification of a high reliability frequency-stabilized CW laser source at 1064 nm wavelength region to satisfy the requirements of this SBIR subtopic opportunity. Our recommended approach is based on extensive experience developing and using single frequency… More

Fiber Laser Coherent Lidar for Wake-Vortex Hazard Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Shantanu Gupta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,468.00
Abstract:
We propose a 1.5um fiber-optic pulsed coherent lidar as a highly effective sensor sub-system for airborne wake-vortex hazard detection. The proposed design is based on a recently developed platform at Fibertek, for fiber-optic pulsed coherent lidar capable of 6km range, and operating at high pulse… More

Ultra-low noise, wide bandwidth constant current sources for driving laser diode arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Khoa Le, Senior Electrical Engineer
Award Amount: $98,858.00
Abstract:
Our proposed design offers innovative concepts for the design and development of the low noise switching power supply and constant current source driver with protection circuitries that are more efficient and several times more powerful than the current generation deployed in recent systems

High Power Parametric Fiber Blue-Green Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Shantanu Gupta, Director, Fiber Optronics
Award Amount: $231,410.00
Abstract:
A rugged and efficient high power blue laser source in the 455 - 500 nm spectral region is proposed. The source will be capable of either cw or pulsed operation (at multi-kHz repetition rate) and offers tunable, wavelength output in the blue spectral region. The concept is based on frequency… More

Mid-IR, Power Scalable, Multi-Spectral Fiber Lasers for IRCM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Shantanu Gupta, Director, Fiber Optronics
Award Amount: $79,597.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a power scalable, multi-spectral, fiber laser source, capable of simultaneous laser ourput in the mid-IR (2-5um) atmospheric propagation bands of interest. The fiber laser is based on non-silica oxide fibers being developed by Fibertek and its partners, and is optimized for… More

Mid-Infrared Solid-State Active Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Utano, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,666.00
Abstract:
Raman fiber laser source based on novel fibers offer an exciting possibility for the mid-IR and longer wavelength regions. Such mid-IR sources are pumped by commercially available fiber lasers, and offer power-scalable, multi-spectral outputs in desired atmospheric bands of interest. BENEFIT: … More

Novel Efficient and Compact Diode-pumped Rod Gain Modules for Ultra Short Pulsed (USP) Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Mathason, Senior Laser Scientist
Award Amount: $729,799.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase II program is to develop an efficient and compact diode-pumped laser amplifier module that can be used in a chirped-pulsed amplifier (CPA) system to achieve scaling of energy and power of an Ultra-Short Pulse laser (USP) to levels commensurate with military applications. In… More

HIgh Efficiency Laser for Aircraft/UAV and Space Lidar Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Floyd Hovis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
This SBIR will develop advanced, high-efficiency, high beam-quality solid-state laser technology and non-linear wavelength conversion technology suitable for Ozone, Aerosol, Wind, CO2, Water Vapor Lidar. We propose to increase the wall-plug efficiency of 1um lasers from 6-8% into the 12-16% range… More

Fiber Laser Coherent Lidar for Wake-Vortex Hazard Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shantanu Gupta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,839.00
Abstract:
We propose a 1.5um fiber-optic pulsed coherent lidar as a highly effective sensor sub-system for airborne wake-vortex hazard detection. The proposed design is based on a recently developed platform at Fibertek, for fiber-optic pulsed coherent lidar capable of 6km range, and operating at high pulse… More

Space-Qualifiable High Reliability Frequency-Stabilized CW Laser Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ti Chuang Fibertek, Inc., Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,989.00
Abstract:
We propose the SBIR Phase II effort to develop and space-qualify a 1.06 micron high reliability frequency-stabilized CW laser source that fully satisfies the requirements of this SBIR opportunity (Lidar System Components) . Our recommended approach builds on extensive experience developed through… More

Active Sensor Materials and Process Technology Innovations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Brian Mathason, Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $98,980.00
Abstract:
We propose novel, more compact and inexpensive active sensors designed to operate interactively with passive IR seekers to provide enhanced performance in a number of important missile defense scenarios. We have identified a new approach to laser radar (ladar) design that exploits emerging… More

Multi-Function Laser Radar (LADAR) for Rotorcraft Brownout and Cable Warning/Obstacle Avoidance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gary Stevenson, Director of Program Development
Award Amount: $99,942.00
Abstract:
A multi-function ladar architecture will be investigated which is capable of dynamically adapting to flight conditions. The transmitter used is a high-power fiber laser approaching the 10W level. Receiver technology will utilize legacy designs providing useful operation under DVE conditions. A novel… More

High Power Optical Transmitter for Satellite Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Frank Kimpel, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,332.00
Abstract:
Fibertek proposes an agile pulse- and modulation-format fiber-optic transmitter, that is compatible with free-space optical communication protocols, and is consistent with a space qualifiable roadmap. This leverages our recent and ongoing work on high power (Pavg > 10W) fiber-optic transmitters as… More

HIgh Efficiency Laser for Aircraft/UAV and Space Lidar Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Floyd E. Hovis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $598,760.00
Abstract:
This SBIR is developing high-efficiency, high beam-quality Nd lasers and non-linear wavelength conversion technologies suitable for ozone, aerosol, oxygen, CO2, water vapor and wind lidar. The advanced solid-state laser technology proposed directly supports NASA Earth Science Decadal Study programs… More

New Lidar Laser Configuration for Earth Science Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Principal Investigator: Dr. Youming Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,787.00
RI Contact: Christina Stanger
Abstract:
Fibertek, Inc. and Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) propose to optimize and verify, an advanced platform for direct-detection lidar transmitter, based on using a dual-wavelength fiber-lidar transmitter. The proposed lidar tramsitter is based on a recently developed fiber lidar platform at… More

Hight Energy Fiber Laser Based Lidar Transmitter for Topographic Mapping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Youming Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,871.00
Abstract:
This SBIR will develop core Yb laser technology that is higher than 50% optical to optical efficient with pulse energies up to 300uJ/pulse in the all fiber version and up to 5mJ using planer waveguide power amplifiers. This SBIR try to newest fiber technologyÂ? 3C fiber as the gain medium fiber to… More

Multi-kW Uplink Fiber-Laser Beacon with Agile Signal Format

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Doruk Engin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,650.00
Abstract:
Uplink Laser Beacons for deep-space communication, can benefit greatly from migration to the 1010-1030nm wavelengths, via use of Silicon-APDs on the spacecraft receiving terminal. Fibertek has developed an uplink laser transmitter testbed using a multi-stage fiber-MOPA platform, that is also… More

Flexible High Energy Lidar Transmitter for Remote Gas and Wind Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mehmetcan Akbulut, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,971.00
Abstract:
Fibertek proposes a high energy and flexible operation 1570 nm pulsed lidar transmitter for airborne and space-based remote CO2 gas and doppler wind sensing. The lidar system is expected to operate with 5 mJ energy at 1 kHz repetition rate, and the pulse width will be adjustable from 20 ns to 1… More

Novel Fiber-MOPA based High Power Blue Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Shantanu Gupta, Director, Fiber Optronics – (703) 471-7671
Award Amount: $749,552.00
Abstract:
A rugged and efficient high power (Watts) blue laser source in the 455470 nm spectral region is proposed. The laser source is capable of cw operation or pulsed operation at multi-kHz or higher repetition rates, as well as capable of RF-modulated-pulse formats. The laser source is based on a novel… More

New Lidar Laser Configuration for Earth Science Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Principal Investigator: Youming Chen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,740.00
RI Contact: Christina Stanger
Abstract:
In this STTR Phase 1 program, Fibertek successfully developed and demonstrated a breadboard version of a pulsed fiber laser capable of high-spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) measurements. This was installed in the Lidar Lab. at the Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore county (UMBC). Lidar integration,… More

Multi-kW Uplink Fiber-Laser Beacon with Agile Signal Format

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Phillips, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,888.00
Abstract:
?Laser beacons with scalable powers are needed for ground to deep-space optical communication uplinks. They serve as absolute reference for tracking of spacecraft during the downlink laser communication. For such space communication link distances the beam spread due to diffraction is significant… More

Downlink Fiber Laser Transmitter for Deep Space Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Doruk Engin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,670.00
Abstract:
NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) roadmap, calls for an integrated network approach to communication and navigation needs for robotic and human space exploration missions, from near-Earth to planetary missions. Anytime, anywhere connectivity for Earth, Moon and Mars is a stated… More

Multi-function Fiber Laser Kinetic Aviation Hazard Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mehmetcan Akbulut, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,976.00
Abstract:
Fibertek proposes a multi-function, high energy, eye-safe 1550 nm band pulsed fiber-laser lidar system for airborne sensing of various kinetic aviation hazards. The lidar system includes the laser transmitter, the receiver, a telescope, and a scanner. The lidar functionality will include ground and… More

Laser Sources for Methane and Ozone Sensing for Earth Observation Science

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Shuman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,955.00
Abstract:
Lidar remote sensing of atmospheric gasses requires high-quality laser sources throughout the spectrum from the UV to the infrared. The objective of this SBIR program is development of lidar wavelength-tunable sources that exceed the performance of those currently available. The proposed program… More

Active Vibration Control for Enhanced Satellite Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Shantanu Gupta, Director, Advanced Technology Prog. – (703) 471-7671
Award Amount: $149,440.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose the use of adaptive algorithms for laser jitter suppression on a variety of space and airborne platforms, that are capable of closed-loop bandwidths exceeding 1kHz, residual jitter of few urads or less, and narrowband jitter suppression exceeding 20dB. For implementation, in… More

Modulated Pulsed Laser Sources for Imaging Lidars

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Shantanu Gupta, Director of Advanced Tech – (703) 471-7671
Award Amount: $749,943.00
Abstract:
In this proposed program, we focus on the demonstration of an efficient, compact, robust high-data-rate high-power (5W avg. power) fiber-laser based green transmitter, capable of various modulation formats, and a compatible high bandwidth (>GHz) optical receiver operating near photon-counting… More

Laser Sources for Methane and Ozone Sensing for Earth Observation Science

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Shuman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $699,549.00
Abstract:
This Phase II program will build and deliver a tunable single-frequency laser operating in the 1.645 micron region on optimum CH4 absorption line features. Under this program an all-solid-state parametric-converted laser will be delivered to NASA LaRC which will be suitable for acquiring… More

Solid State Transmitters for Water Vapor and Ozone DIAL Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ti Chuang, Sr. Program Manager
Award Amount: $199,873.00
Abstract:
We have developed a common architecture for laser transmitters that address requirements for water vapor as well as ground and airborne ozone lidar systems. Our innovative approach to these requirements has the advantages of reducing size, weight and power (SWaP) as well as hardware cost for all of… More

Fiber MOPA for Ascends

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wei Lu, Engineer III
Award Amount: $124,988.00
Abstract:
CO2 sensing using absorption bands near 1570nm is very attractive by taking advantage of the mature fiber-amplifier technology derived from fiber-optic telecom heritage. This necessitates sufficient power scaling in 1.5 micrometer fiber-amplifiers, either in the pulsed-mode, or in the cw-mode for… More

Downlink Fiber Laser Transmitter for Deep Space Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Doruk Engin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $697,498.00
Abstract:
NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) roadmap, calls for an integrated network approach to communication and navigation needs for robotic and human space exploration missions, from near-Earth to planetary missions. Anytime, anywhere connectivity for Earth, Moon and Mars is a stated… More

Non-Mechanically Steered 3D Imaging LADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Shantanu Gupta, Director, Advanced Tech. Programs – (703) 471-7671
Award Amount: $149,919.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose high-speed liquid crystal based beams-steering for 3D ladar systems using photon-counting arrays. Our proposed design takes into account tactical targeting requirements, and is compatible with integration into current generation of targeting pods. BENEFIT: (1) 3D ladar… More

Dual Mode Seeker/Sensor -LADAR/RF

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Albert, Senior Scientist – (703) 471-7671
Award Amount: $149,842.00
Abstract:
Phase I study to determine tradeoffs and feasibility of dual mode RF/LADAR seeker. Work to focus on packaging and design tradeoffs to realize a design for a cost-effective compact dual mode seeker head. Emphasis will be on the LADAR design portion of the seeker, as RF seeker design is very mature.… More

Near Real-Time Processing Techniques for Generation of Integrated Data Products

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gary Stevenson, Director of Program Development – (703) 471-7671
Award Amount: $149,818.00
Abstract:
A near-real-time processing architecture and associated algorithms are proposed. The target application is a queued LIDAR system. The proposed approach will address hardware, firmware and software requirements needed for a near-real-time system. The objective of the Phase I effort is to develop a… More