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Fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency LADAR Sensor

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82396
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N062-155-0235
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Luminit, LLC
1850 W 205th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency LADAR Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0171
Award Amount: $69,995.00
 

Abstract:

In response to the U.S. Navy need for highly efficient MWIR detection for IR LADAR missile seeker applications, Luminit proposes to develop a novel fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency (MIRSF) LADAR sensor. This sensor is based on highly efficient quasi-phase-matched frequency up-conversion in periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) nonlinear optical crystal, and a high diffraction efficiency narrowband Bragg grating that significantly reduces detection noise. The MIRSF sensor will be fabricated of off-the-shelf, low-cost, and compact components, including a NIR laser diode pump source, a PPLN, and a high-speed, high-efficiency silicon detector. The MIRSF sensor will be able to detect continuous wave and short pulse (~10 ns) MWIR waves with high efficiency and high sensitivity, without the need for cryogenic cooling. In Phase I, Luminit will develop a proof-of-concept MIRSF LADAR sensor and a high diffraction efficiency narrowband holographic Bragg grating, and demonstrate the feasibility of detecting 4 micron MWIR waves through quasi-phase-matched frequency up-conversion in PPLN with a 980 nm NIR laser diode pump source, a narrowband Bragg grating, and a silicon photodiode detector. Luminit will simulate the quasi-phase-matched frequency up-conversion in PPLN and characterize frequency up conversion detection efficiency and sensitivity.

Principal Investigator:

Evgeni Poliakov
Senior Optical Engineer
3103201066
kyu@luminitco.com

Business Contact:

Engin Arik
President and CEO
3103201066
earik@luminitco.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

LUMINIT, LLC
20600 Gramercy Place, Suite 203 Torrance, CA 90501

EIN/Tax ID: 203829605
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No