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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:
2008 / 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 St. Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency LADAR Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-C-0404
Award Amount: $445,655.00
 

Abstract:

In response to the U.S. Navy need for highly efficient mid wave infrared (MWIR) detection for LADAR missile seeker applications, Luminit proposes to develop a novel fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency (MIRSF) broadband passive imager/LADAR sensor. This MIRSF LADAR imager/sensor is based on sum frequency generation (SFG) in periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN), in which the MWIR signals are frequency up-converted to the visible and detected by silicon sensors, eliminating the need for cryogenically-cooled HgCdTe focal-plane arrays (FPA). In Phase I, Luminit experimentally demonstrated frequency up-conversion of a 3.64 micron MWIR signal to 772 nm in a PPLN crystal using a 980 nm pump diode laser and successfully detected the 772 nm SFG signal using a low cost silicon photodiode detector. In Phase II, Luminit will optimize the SFG efficiency, broaden the MWIR coverage to the entire 3 to 5 micron band, enhance the detection sensitivity, develop a fully-functioning prototype MIRSF imager, and demonstrate the detection of real-time broadband MWIR images of distant targets using highly sensitive non-cryogenically-cooled silicon sensors.

Principal Investigator:

Evgeni Poliakov
Research Scientist
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