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FAR INFRARED LASER COUNTERMEASURES (FIRLCM)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
8794
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
8794
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
PHOTERA TECHNOLOGIES
12777 High Bluff Drive San Diego, CA 92130
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: FAR INFRARED LASER COUNTERMEASURES (FIRLCM)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $409,000.00
 

Abstract:

ADVANCES IN CO2 LASER AND SENSOR TECHNOLOGY HAVE LED TO A PROLIFERATION OF TACTICAL SYSTEMS OPERATING IN THE FAR INFRARED SPECTRAL REGION (8-12 MICRONS). SOME EXAMPLES ARE LASER RANGEFINDERS, DESIGNATORS, BEAMRIDERS, SEARCH TRACK SETS, COMMUNICATORS, RADAR AND PERHAPS HIGH ENERGY LASER WEAPONS. TO COUUNTER ENEMY USE OF SUCH SYSTEMS, JAMMING AND COLLECTING SYSTEMS WHICH EMPLOY LASERS OF MODEST POWER OPERATING WITHIN THE SPECTRAL PASS-BAND OF THE THREAT WOULD BE DESIRABLE. A MODULATABLE, WAVELENGTH AGILE, EXTREMELY COMPACT FOR INFRARED LASER OF MODEST AVERAGE OUTPUT POWERS COULD BE EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE FOR INFRARED COUNTERMEASURES AND OPTINT COLLECTIONS APPLICATIONS. A PULSED DISCHARGE CO2 LASER EMPLOYING A UNIQUE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE GAIN GENERATOR CONFIGURATION PROMISES SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN EFFICIENCY, COMPACTNESS, AND RELIABILITY. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WILL EXAMINE OPTIMUM RESONATOR CONFIGURATIONS FOR THIS UNCONVENTIONAL GAIN GENERATOR INCLUDING THE VIABILITY OF DIAMOND TURNED ASPERIC OPTICS. IN ADDITION, THE FEASIBILITY OF DESIGNING AND FABRICATING SHARP CUTOFF THIN FILM COATINGS, NARROWBAND SPIKE FILTERS,AND MAXIMUM REFLECTORS TO PREFERENTIALLY SELECT DESIRED OUTPUT LINES OF THE CO2 WILL BE EXPLORED. AN ATTRACTIVE FEATURE OF THIS UNCONVENTIONAL LASER CONFIGURATION IS THE POTENTIAL FOR EXTREME MINIATURIZATION WHICH COULD LEAD TO EXPENDABLE INFRARED DECOY APPLICATIONS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Douglas Tanimoto
6197550700

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Laser Power Optics
12777 High Bluff Dr San Diego, CA 92130

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