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Company Information:

Company Name: Metrolaser
City: Laguna Hills
State: CA
Zip+4: 92653-1215
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (949) 553-0688

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $11,961,919.00 147
SBIR Phase II $46,864,235.00 76
STTR Phase I $1,239,277.42 12
STTR Phase II $3,599,769.00 6

Award List:

LIQUID ROCKET ATOMIZATION, AN INNOVATIVE NUMERICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL SIMULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Cecil F Hess Ph D
Award Amount: $49,967.00
Abstract:
The work proposed here consists of a theoretical and experimental investigative effort aimed at qualitative and quantitative understanding of the fluid dynamics of interacting liquid jets as occur, for example, in liquid-fueled rocket engines. the theoretical model, based on a vortex-dynamics… More

PHOTOTHERMAL LASER DEFLECTION AN INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE TO MEASURE PARTICLES IN EXHAUSTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $49,928.00
Abstract:
An innovative technique to measure in real-time the mass concentration of particles in exhausts is proposed here. the technique is based on the deflection experienced by a laser beam that travels thru a thermal lens. photothermal laser deflection (pld) can also measure the concentration of gaseous… More

LASER FLUORESCENCE TECHNIQUE TO MEASURE MULTIPLE PARAMETERS IN HYPERSONIC FLOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $49,997.00

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DIODE-LASER-PUMPED HOLMIUM LASER FOR ROCKET-BORNE LIDAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

LONG RANGE HOLOGRAPHIC INSTRUMENT FOR MOTION ANALYSIS OF LARGE SURFACES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,281.00

TWO-PHOTON PHOTODISSOCATION IMAGING OF WATER VAPOR TO MEASURE HYDROGEN/AIR MIXING IN HYPERSONIC PROPULSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $49,928.00

TWO-PHOTON PHOTODISSOCATION IMAGING OF WATER VAPOR TO MEASURE HYDROGEN/AIR MIXING IN HYPERSONIC PROPULSION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $464,000.00
Abstract:
The presence of water vapor provides an indication of the rapid mixing of hydrogen and air in hypersonic propulsion engines. this is a critical issue which can be addressed by nonintrusive imaging of water vapor to evaluate efficient fule/air mixing approaches for scramjets. recently, two-photon… More

LONG RANGE HOLOGRAPHIC INSTRUMENT FOR MOTION ANALYSIS OF LARGE SURFACES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $231,560.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a holographic camera that is capable of producting a motion and strain diagnostics picture of a large surface at kilometer distances. the intended purpose of the instrument is to monitor surfaces such as the face of a building, a bridge foundation, a retaining wall, or… More

A HOLOGRAPHIC INTERFEROMETER SPECTROMETER FOR HYPERSONIC FLOW

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger , Director Research
Award Amount: $49,950.00
Abstract:
Holographic interferometry, widely used for diagnosis of flow fields, provides an instantaneous, three-dimensional density distribution by observation of the fringe variationsof an interferogram. when optical path-length changes are much less than a wavelength of light, the flow field can be easily… More

FUEL ATOMIZATION AN INNOVATIVE SIMULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $49,978.00
Abstract:
The proposed work consists of a theoretical and experimental investigation to develop a fuel atomization code which tracks the behavior of the fuel from the injection element to its total evaporation and combustion. the proposed atomization method uses an innovative vortex dynamics algorithm which… More

A COMPACT PROGRAMMABLE LASER DOPPLER VELOCIMETER FOR MARINE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $49,973.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes a program to develop a compact, rugged, and autonomous programmable laser doppler velocimeter (ldv) for marine applications. the system will include two major innovations in ldv technology: a programmable digital signal processor (dsp), and a pulsed laser diode. the dsp… More

CONCEALED HELICOPTER SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger
Award Amount: $49,981.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a laser acoustic doppler sensor (lads), for detecting concealed military hardware, such as a helicopter, hovering behind an obstruction or flying nap of the earth. recent advances in the technology of lidar, pulsed lasers, and signal processing have produced an… More

AN AIRBORNE FLOW VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D Trolinger
Award Amount: $49,981.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop an airborne flow visualization system which can be integrated with existing aircraft pods and record flow field data which locate, visualize, and characterize local flow phenomena such as vortices, shock waves, and laminar to turbulent flow transition. the aerodynamic… More

BALLISTIC RANGE INSTRUMENTATION EMPLOYING HOLOGRAPHIC SENSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger
Award Amount: $49,981.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a new class of sensors for ballistic ranges and wind tunnels called "holographic sensors". the research will find ways to make holographic sensors for a variety of aerodynamic properties including boundary layer transition, velocity in the boundary layer, temperature of… More

FUEL AUTOMATION AN INNOVATIVE SIMULATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $49,978.00

A REMOTE LASER INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR NUCLEAR REACTOR COMPONENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NRC
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger , General Partner/dir Of Res
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The damage from operating stresses, aging, and environment act to modify the vibrational modal patterns of nuclear reactor components. we propose to evaluate the feasibility of applying holographic techniques for monitoring and quantifying these patterns. these measurements could be performed… More

PROGRAMMABLE, PARTICLE SIZING SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Cecil F Hess , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,980.00
Abstract:
Particle contaminamts affest the performance of space platforms. these particles are expected to range between 0.5um and 10um in diameter and their concentration and composition may be diverse and unknown. a particle sizing instrument is being developed to determine the size and space distribution… More

CONCEALED HELICOPTER SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,981.00

MINIATURIZED PARTICLE CHARACTERIZATION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil F Hess , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,980.00

DEV OF AN INTERFEROMETRY/TOMOGRAPHY DATA REDUCTION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,458.00

OPTICALLY SMART SURFACES FOR WIND TUNNEL MEASUREMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,167.00

LASER FLUORESCENCE TECHNIQUE TO MEASURE MULTIPLE PARAMETERS IN HYPERSONIC FLOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F Hess
Award Amount: $400,000.00
Abstract:
A new planar laser induced fluorescence technique which will provide the flow velocity and the concentration of various species at many points on a plane of a hypersonic flow (with and without chemistry) is presented. the technique has the potential of measuring temperature as well. unlike other… More

MINIATURIZED PARTICLE CHARACTERIZATION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil F Hess , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $331,044.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes a program to develop a system to measure the spatial and temporal distributions of particle size, liquid water contrent, and velocity at the engine inlet of advanced aircraft. the system uses miniaturized and rugged components which are capable of electronic focusing allowing… More

DEV OF AN INTERFEROMETRY/TOMOGRAPHY DATA REDUCTION SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $321,861.00
Abstract:
The object of the research is to produce an interferogram reduction system which will allow the comparison and integration of three dimensional experimental interferometric data with that derived from cfd codes. interferometric techniques provide an important source of data in aeroballistic ranges;… More

OPTICALLY SMART SURFACES FOR WIND TUNNEL MEASUREMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $491,806.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a new diagnostics tool for wind tunnels called an optically smart surface. optically smart surfaces are surfaces which have been prepared with specially chosen diffraction properties which allow them to augment the measurement of properties of the surface or of the… More

CONCEALED HELICOPTER SENSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr James D Trolinger , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $494,768.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a laser acoustic doppler sensor (lads), for detecting concealed military hardware, such as a helicopter, hovering behind an obstruction or flying nap of the earth. recent advances in the technology of lidar, pulsed lasers, and signal processing have produced an… More

Light, Compact, Holographic Window for Exo-Atmospheric Seekers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Phd
Award Amount: $52,813.00
Abstract:
Key optical components for an innovative, infrared/visible seeker design for a hypervelocity exo-atmospheric homing interceptor are being developed. The principle innovation involves the use of specially designed optical windows integrated with holographic optical elements (HOEs) and binary optical… More

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DIODE-LASER-PUMPED HOLMIUM LASER FOR ROCKET-BORNE LIDAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $400,000.00

Resonance Holographic Interferometric Spectroscopy for Ion Composition Detection if High Temperature Plasmas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Debarber, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $70,174.00

Novel Diagnostic Approach to Reentry Plasma Boundary Layer Simulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter Debarber
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Compact Spaceflight Solution Crystal-Growth System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger
Award Amount: $49,905.00

Nonintrusive Droplet Characterization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $56,433.00

Resonance Holographic Interferometric Spectroscopy for Ion Composition Detection if High Temperature Plasmas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Debarber, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to research and develop a new diagnostic approach for measuring ion composition and density in high temperature high velocity plasmas. The method proposed is Resonance Holographic Interferometric Spectroscopy (RHIS) applied to plasmas produced in an arcjet torch. RHIS is a new… More

Nonintrusive Droplet Characterization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $543,323.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes a program to develop a system to measure the spatial distribution of droplet size, liquid water content, and the droplet velocity in engine test cells. The twelve foot duct diameter rules out most light scattering and imaging techniques. The liquid water content of up to 5.6… More

Real Time NOx Measurement Using Spectroscopic Holography for Advanced Combusion Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James E. Millerd
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
This proposal details the necessary steps to adapt the newly developed technique of Resonant -- Holographic Interferometric Spectroscopy (RHIS), a powerful spectroscopic technique, to measure NOx in real time at facilities such as the combustion test rigs at NASA Lewis. RHIS combines the… More

Multiple Cross-section Holography of Explosive Events

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $59,976.00
Abstract:
Laser photography has been used successfully to record dynamic, explosive events by exploiting the narrow tunable bandwidth and short pulse time of the laser. The events are viewed through narrow bandwidth filters and fast shutters that render the ambient light and the light generated by the… More

NOVEL SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR USING PHOTOCHROMIC PROTEIN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: De Yu Zang
Award Amount: $64,939.00

Compact, Airborne, Particle-Sizing Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess
Award Amount: $69,962.00

A Remote Holographic Diagnostics System for Aeroballistics and Impact Ranges

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. James D. Trolinger
Award Amount: $59,938.00

Nonintrusive Droplet Characterization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A Debarber, Phd
Award Amount: $59,987.00

A Remote Holographic Diagnostics System for Aeroballistics and Impact Ranges

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. James D. Trolinger
Award Amount: $662,175.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force has a requirement for a diagnostics system that is capable of recording the physics of impact of projectiles (missiles) with structures. The required inforamtion includes the flow field around the projectile, the formation, distribution, and characteristics of impact fragments,… More

Nonintrusive Droplet Characterization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A Debarber, Phd
Award Amount: $543,323.00
Abstract:
A novel nonintrusive laser probe for measurement of the structure of velocity flow fields for ground testing of aircraft turbine engines will be developed. A narrowband ArF excimer laser will be used to photo-dissociate O2. The O (1D) photoproducts rapidly react with ambient O2 to form O3, and thus… More

Compact, Airborne, Particle-Sizing Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess
Award Amount: $510,476.00
Abstract:
A unique, airborne particle sizing system is proposed to reliably measure the size and number of particles found in the atmosphere from their backscattering off-axis signal. The proposed technique will solve a fundamental problem in optical particle sizing that normally prevents the use of… More

A Simple, Remotely Deployable, Fluorometer For Detection of Oil Sheen on Water Surface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: De Yu Zang, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $79,918.00
Abstract:
A simple, remotely deployable fluorometer for oil sheen detection is proposed. This device consists of a high energy UV flash lamp, a series of photodetectors, and a microprocessor. The flash lamp is used to excite hydrocarbons in the oil sheen to fluoresce. The photodetectors detect the… More

Early Warning Fugitive Emissions Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael S Brown
Award Amount: $59,808.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a sensitive, fiber-optically-coupled, diode laser instrument to detect the fugitive emission of volatile organic compunds (VOCs). The instrument, based on molecular absorption, will be capable of simultaneously monitoring several species. It will include a novel noise… More

Simple Low-Cost Laser Diode Vibration Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: De Yu Zang , Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $69,759.00

Novel Nonintrusive Combustion and Spray Diagnostic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Peter Debarber
Award Amount: $64,910.00

Application Of Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing For Diagnostics Of High-Enthalpy Test Facilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael S. Brown , Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $69,947.00

A Diffractive Optical Element Seeker Optical System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $69,944.00

NOVEL SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR USING PHOTOCHROMIC PROTEIN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: De Yu Zang
Award Amount: $299,980.00
Abstract:
Two-dimensional spatial light modulators (2dslm) are key to every optical signal/computing architecture. however, 2dslms have not been well developed for practical applications due to a lack of high quality nonlinear optical (nlo) material, and inadequacies in the device concept. current 2dslms… More

A Diffractive Optical Element Seeker Optical System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $470,573.00
Abstract:
To fully capitalize on the use of focal plane arrays in seekers, unconventional optics with high resolution,, low f/number, low weight and volume are required. Diffractive optical elements use the diffractive properties of light as opposed to refraction and reflection. A thin film diffractive… More

Correlation System for Security Validation and Verification using an Encoded Phase Mask

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
Verification technologies are needed to confirm the identify of perso nnel and to validate the authenticity of manufactured products. Rapid advances in computers, printers, scanners, and copiers have made it increasingly simple to reproduce security emblems traditionally used for verification and… More

Laser Diode Profilometer for Remote Measurement of Ice Shapes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James E. Millerd, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $79,954.00
Abstract:
Rapid and accurate assessment of the degree of ice accretion on aerodynamic surfaces is a critical need in the aerospace industry. Even minimal accretion of ice can drastically affect the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and represents a serious safety risk factor. We propose a novel… More

Monitoring of Atomic Species in Plasma Plumes Using Amplified Spontaneous Emission

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael S. Brown, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $69,993.00
Abstract:
The rapid heating of a solid surface due to interaction with a high energy laser beam can lead to vaporization and ionization that generates a plasma plume above the surface. Such plasmas are key elements in material processing techniques such as etching and thin film deposition. Both the process… More

TRACE SPECIES SENSOR USING DOUBLY DIFFERENTIAL DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Segall , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,981.00

Laser Diagnostics for High Pressure, Optically Thick, Particle-Laden Combustion Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael S. Brown, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $99,888.00

Simple Low-Cost Laser Diode Vibration Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: De Yu Zang , Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $518,635.00

A SCANNED HETERODYNE INTERFEROMETER FOR PROTEIN CRYSTAL GROWTH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger , Director Of Research
Award Amount: $69,811.00

AMECHANISMS OF NOVEL NATURAL ANTITUBURCULOSIS ACTIVITIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A. DeBarber, Ph.D. , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $699,677.00

Laser Diagnostics for High Pressure, Optically Thick, Particle-Laden Combustion Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael S. Brown, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $609,775.00
Abstract:
The development of future commercial combustors as well as the redesign of current models relies heavily on diagnostic information collected on operating combustors. Key diagnostic information includes spatially resolved temperature maps, as well as maps of mass and energy transport… More

Hardened quantitative Raman Spectrometer for Combusting Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Peter A. Debarber
Award Amount: $99,192.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of a hardened raman spectrometer capable of shot-noise-limited detection sensitivity, that can simultaneously detect the quantify fuel, air, temperature, and other parameters in turbulent combusting flows. Raman scattering can quantitatively measure the concentration of… More

Surface Mapping Using Real-time Two color Holography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. James E. Millerd
Award Amount: $69,968.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy requires an instrument to study the abrasion and eros ion of undersea cables. We propose to build a novel optical device that will accurately map the surface and compute the volume of small depressions on diffusely reflecting surfaces such as cylindrical cables. … More

Optical Fuel Leak Sensor for Missile Canisters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Segall, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
Fuel leaks inside missile canisters pose a significant risk to missile performance and nearby personnel. Electro-mechanical or electro-chemical sensors can potentially trigger ignition in the presence of high fuel concentrations. Therefore, there is a need for a new sensor technology that does… More

A Heterodyne interferometer for TCLE Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $69,904.00
Abstract:
In measuring the thermal coefficient of linear expansion (TCLE) of highly-filled polymers used in solid propellants, measurement discrepancies as high as 80% between independent laboratories on the same sample have been reported. Such large inaccuracies in TCLE value can result in very large… More

Optical Instrument to Measure the Mass Concentration and Size Distribution of Smoke Particles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, Phd
Award Amount: $99,863.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes the development of a system to measure in-situ and in real-time, the size distribution and mass concentration of soot particles in turbojet exhausts. The proposed system will work in-situ in highly turbulent environments. The total signal will yield soot mass concentration… More

Two-component, frequency shifted LDV system for underwater applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a compact, robust, and low cost diode laser-based Doppler velocimeter system capable of simultaneously measuring two velocity components with frequency shifting for resolving flow directional ambiguity. In addition to being compact, the system will require low power… More

A SCANNED HETERODYNE INTERFEROMETER FOR PROTEIN CRYSTAL GROWTH

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger , Director Of Research
Award Amount: $599,958.00

TRACE SPECIES SENSOR USING DOUBLY DIFFERENTIAL DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Segall , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $599,941.00

Novel Nonintrusive Combustion and Spray Diagnostic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Peter Debarber
Award Amount: $299,824.00

Correlation System for Security Validation and Verification Using and Encoded Phase Mask

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger
Award Amount: $746,756.00
Abstract:
Verification technologies are needed to confirm the identify of perso nnel and to validate the authenticity of manufactured products. Rapid advances in computers, printers, scanners, and copiers have made it increasingly simple to reproduce security emblems traditionally used for verification and… More

Optical Instrument to Measure the Mass Concentration and Size Distribution of Smoke Particles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, Phd
Award Amount: $529,951.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes the development of a system to measure in-situ and in real-time, the size distribution and mass concentration of soot particles in turbojet exhausts. The proposed system will work in-situ in highly turbulent environments. The total signal will yield soot mass concentration… More

Shipboard Auto-Tracking with a Unique Gimbal System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: William E. Finley
Award Amount: $67,096.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a unique gimbal system for shipboard auto-tracking based on technology developed by the proposing team for an airborne system. The airborne system features jitter control to less than 10 microradians while performing line of sight stabilized tracking from aircraft. Two… More

A Generalized Approach to Selecting, Designing, and Constructing Conformal, Optical Windows for Wind Tunnels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
Conventional wind tunnels are designed to provide test conditions for models while incorporating required diagnostics. As optical diagnostics become more sophisticated, the requirements on optical access become more demanding. Flat windows and their mountings on curved cell walls can adversely… More

Hybrid Optical/Micro-Mechanical Shear Stress Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stefan R. Martin, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a new type of microfabricated sensor capable of measuring time-resolved shear stress inside turbulent boundary layers. Unlike existing micro-mechanical designs, the proposed sensor uses optical rather than electrical addressing. Optical addressing results in four important… More

Advanced UV Raman Diagnostics for Rocket Engine Tests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $67,442.00

Ultra-high capacity optical memory device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,919.00

Diode Laser Pumped Molecular Refrigeration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter DeBarber
Award Amount: $97,743.00

A Hybrid Active/Passive Optical Avoidance System for Helicopters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger PhD
Award Amount: $69,933.00

Phase Conjugate Laser System for Remote Object Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov
Award Amount: $94,995.00

Compact, low power optical frequency shifting element

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James E. Millerd, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,993.00

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF DENTAL AND OROFACIAL STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: James E. Millerd
Award Amount: $99,448.00
Abstract:
Not Available Advanced Numerical solutions has built a 2D multi-body dynamic contact analysis code capable of simultaneously modeling multiple gear meshes in transmissions. It uses many innovations to make this possible. A specially developed hierarchical solver is used to carry out implicit… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D Trolinger Phd
Award Amount: $649,825.00

Instantaneous Profilometer for In-Situ Modal Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Millerd PhD
Award Amount: $99,972.00

A New Scalable High Bandwidth Optical Rotating Interface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthias Rottenkolber Ph
Award Amount: $99,310.00

Optical Instrument for Measuring High Velocity Rail Profile

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Weber
Award Amount: $97,163.00

STTR Phase I: In Situ Species an and Temperature Sensor for Hrash Industrial Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Stanford University
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,656.00
RI Contact: N/A

Optical Biosensor for Biological Threat Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Wayne State University
Principal Investigator: Jeffery Segal, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $99,941.00
RI Contact: N/A

All-Optical Molecular Cryocooler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Peter DeBarber PhD
Award Amount: $119,963.00
Abstract:
Not Available The development of a fuel additive that enhances the detonability of current missile fuels qualified for Naval missiles may enable the full potential of the PDE to be reached. Additives which increase energy density, allow for fuel cooling, enchance atomization and mixing, and… More

Holographic Memory Module with Ultra-High Capacity and Throughput

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,904.00
Abstract:
Not Available Mountain Wave proposes to develop an adaptive intrusion delection and monitoring framework that enables the timely response to network faults and IW attacks, and will decrease the manpower and expertise required to manage large-scale networks. The framework will provide the rules of… More

Fiber Optic Sensor fro Industrial Process Measurement and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Not Available We propose to develop an intelligent research assistant system for harvesting and display of knowledge from the World Wide Web. The proposed application, IRIA (Internet Research Intelligent Assistant), aids and automates a user's search for information by autonomously querying… More

Diode Laser Pumped Molecular Refrigeration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A. DeBarber
Award Amount: $748,626.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: WAYNE ST. UNIV. SCH. OF MED.
Principal Investigator: Jeffery Segal, Ph.D.
Award Amount: $499,983.00
RI Contact: N/A

Instantaneous Profilometer for In-Situ Modal Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Amit K. Lal, Ph.D.
Award Amount: $299,970.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, President
Award Amount: $74,982.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Ph.D.
Award Amount: $69,939.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir M. Ph.D., Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,997.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: De Yu Zang, Ph.D.
Award Amount: $119,954.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, Ph.D.
Award Amount: $119,934.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Vice-President
Award Amount: $99,948.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, Ph.D., President
Award Amount: $69,987.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Millerd
Award Amount: $99,923.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Peter A. DeBarber, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Peter A. DeBarber, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,966.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James E. Trolinger, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James E. Trolinger, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,994.00

All-Optical Molecular Cryocooler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Peter A. DeBarber
Award Amount: $680,587.00

NADIA: Network Analysis Using Distributed Intelligent Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert McKenzie, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,961.00
Abstract:
The Filtered LIDAR Velocimeter (FLV) concept was shown in the Phase I study to meet the Navy's requirements for detecting sub-surface ocean currents with velocities of 1-10 knots, at depths between 40 and 150 feet, and obtained from a helicopter hovering at an altitude of 500 feet. This… More

A Compact Self-Cleaning Surfactant Resistant Fuel Filter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, President
Award Amount: $729,996.00
Abstract:
The proposed work is to develop a whole-field measurement technique that iscapable of simultaneously sizing multiple transparent droplets on a plane fromscattered light features that are independent of laser beam intensity andobscuration. Light scattered by reflection and refraction from droplets… More

Ultrabroadband Tactical UAV Direction Finding Antenna Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, VP Research and Developme
Award Amount: $729,996.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser has demonstrated the feasibility of expediting the measurement of surfacevelocity profiles with laser Doppler vibrometers by two orders of magnitude overcommercial systems. This represents a significant breakthrough in the detection ofburied landmines with airborne acoustic methods as… More

Development of Nanocomposites for Ultra Lightweight Ballistic Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger, President
Award Amount: $728,467.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser proposes to develop a holographic diagnostic instrument and associatedimage processing software for quantitative analysis of the response of windows toshock wave loading. The system will be useful in monitoring the window glass fromthe time the shock wave strikes until the resulting… More

High Performance Composite Backing Armor System for the Advance Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,962.00
Abstract:
This proposal discusses the development of an aerosol size spectrometer based on an innovative fiber optic system that provides versatility and ruggedness. The system will be compact and flexible and will provide the capability of installing multipleoptical probes in an airborne sampling inlet or… More

Advanced Planar Doppler Velocimetry System for Full-Scale Rotorcraft Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. McKenzie, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $65,776.00
Abstract:
We have recently used a state-of-the-art Planar Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) system to demonstrate the first successful measurements of spatially and temporally resolved, three-dimensional, velocity vector fields in the blade wakes of a full-scale, operating rotor. The supporting software for… More

A Fiber-Optic Evanescent Wave Absorption Organophosphorus Biosensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,966.00
Abstract:
Organophosphorous compounds (OPC's) have strongly adverse effects on human health and ecosystems, and reliable monitoring of these compounds is of utmost importance. MetroLaser proposes to develop a fiber-optic evanescent wave mid-IR absorption biosensorfor the detection of OPC's with… More

Portable Optical Module for Fatigue Damage Precursor Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,974.00
Abstract:
Reliable and operationally simple methods that can be used in the field are needed for expeditious fatigue damage precursor detection. We have developed a strategy for constructing a laser-based sensor for creep or fatigue damage detection and monitoringin aerospace components. The sensor detects… More

Laser System for Active Tracking of a Launch Vehicle and Satellite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $99,904.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I proposal, we outline a plan to develop a novel phase-conjugate laser system capable of locking and tracking remote objects. The proposed system uses a pulsed laser with an intra-cavity four-wave mixing configuration. In this proposal, weoutline the operational principles of the… More

Portable Optical Module for Fatigue Damage Precursor Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $119,882.00
Abstract:
We have outlined a concept for a laser-based sensor for the aerospace components inspection for creep or fatigue damage. The sensor detects precursors to crack formation occurring as early as the first 10% of fatigue life and therefore can be used toidentify accumulated fatigue damage prior to crack… More

Development of an Aero-Optical Test Simulator Code

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,954.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop an aero-optical test simulator code. The code will contain three elements, 1)an algorithm for producing physically plausible aero-optical properties and bounds on properties characterizing flows of interest, 2)an algorithmfor converting these into aero-optical features… More

Four-Dimensional (4-D) Atmospheric and Oceanographic Instrumentation: A Novel Dual Wavelength Optical Beam Attenuation Meter for Automated Underwater

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Project will produce a design for a monoblock configuration pulsed Er-Yb:glass micro-laser at 1540 nm, suitable for use in coastal LADAR applications at ranges greater than 1 km. Beside LADAR such a laserwould be an extremely useful tool for a number… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase 2 proposal to develop an instrument to simultaneously measure particle size, velocity, and concentration in applications characterized by a large size range and high particle concentration. The instrument will be based on the Pulse Displacement Technique whose feasibility was… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, President
Award Amount: $276,825.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase 2 proposal to develop an instrument to simultaneously measure particle size, velocity, and concentration in applications characterized by a large size range and high particle concentration. The instrument will be based on the Pulse Displacement Technique whose feasibility was… More

Automated Surface Mapping and 3-D Model Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jan Burke, Scientist
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The quick and efficient acquisition of shape and geometry data of technical components is gaining importance in production and maintenance. Thanks to progress in optical measurement methods and electronic equipment, it is now possible to generate computermodels from components for which appropriate… More

Optical Instrument for the Assessment of the Structural Integrity of Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $98,973.00
Abstract:
In Phase I we propose to develop an opto-acoustical sensor which will detect defects in materials and be used for structural integrity assessment and prognostics. Its operational principle is predicated on the observation that structural changes areaccompanied by changes of the vibrational pattern… More

Laser System for Active Tracking of a Launch Vehicle and Satellite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladmir Markov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,475.00
Abstract:
"In this Phase II proposal we outline a plan to develop a novel phase conjugate laser system capable of locking and tracking remote objects. The proposed system uses a pulse laser with an intra-cavity four-wave mixing configuration. During Phase I weperformed an extensive theoretical analysis of the… More

Development of an Aero-Optical Test Simulator Code

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $649,947.00
Abstract:
"This is a proposal to develop an integrated aero-optical test simulator code. The code will contain three elements, 1) an algorithm for producing physically plausible aero-optical properties and bounds on properties characterizing flows of interest, 2) analgorithm for converting these into… More

Optical Instrument for the Assessment of the Structural Integrity of Complex Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $374,930.00
Abstract:
"Vibration and performance monitoring provide important information for turbine health engine health management. We have outlined a concept to develop an optical sensor that can quantitatively measure the vibration parameters of turbine engine componentsduring operation. Based on vibration… More

Phase-Locked Array of Solid-State Lasers (PLASS-Laser)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $69,923.00
Abstract:
"We propose to develop a scalable laser system based on a phased-locked array of solid-state lasers (PLASS Laser system). This proposed multiple channel phase-locked system uses optical phase conjugation to actively couple individual channels and tocompensate for optical aberrations that are typical… More

Solid State Optical Cooling at 35 K

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,962.00
Abstract:
"MetroLaser is proposing to perform a feasibility study of solid state optical cooling to very low (35 K) temperatures. Based on previously developed experimental and theoretical techniques, and a combination of a novel laser pumping scheme, recentdevelopments in materials processing, and a rigorous… More

Improve/Develop Metrology for VLA (Very Low Absorption) Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $69,980.00
Abstract:
"This SBIR Phase I Project will determine the feasibility of a novel instrument for measuring the quality of very low absorption (VLA) optical coatings. The instrument is based on the laser-induced surface thermal lens effect and will include a common-pathinterferometer to reduce sensitivity to… More

Digital Flow Diagnostics System for Complex Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger, PhD, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,955.00
Abstract:
Laser based flow diagnostic methods have been used for many years in aerodynamics, aero-optics, aeroballistics, and combustion research. Some of the whole field diagnostics methods have gradually evolved into using electronic array recording methods, while others still use photographic recording… More

Universal PDV System for Wind Tunnel Tests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert McKenzie, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
"We propose a versatile and affordable Planar Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) system for wind tunnel measurements capable of simultaneously measuring velocity, pressure, and temperature everywhere in the field of view. The system expands upon our recentexperience where a PDV system was used to demonstrate… More

Aircraft Composite Component Inspection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jan Burke, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
"We propose to develop a whole-field optical sensor that can detect and quantify defects such as disbonds and delaminations in composite materials of aircraft structures. This measurement problem calls for high-resolution, full-field measurement, becauselarge areas must be tested and the locations… More

Forward Looking Mine Detection with Laser Doppler Vibrometers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Amit Lal, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"The purpose of this work is to develop a system strategy to find buried landmines at distances greater than 5 meters and to demonstrate the feasibility of this system with laboratory experiments. We propose to investigate forward-looking and remote sensinglandmine detection techniques based on… More

High-Response Total Temperature Distortion Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,951.00
Abstract:
This proposal by MetroLaser Inc., describes in detail the design, calibration and deployment of a fiber-optic microsensor array designed to meet or exceed Air Force performance specifications for high-response inlet gas temperature measurements. Theproposal seeks to provide a comprehensive overview… More

Universal PDV System for Wind Tunnel Tests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert McKenzie, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $649,997.00
Abstract:
In the Phase I program, we evaluated the feasibility of applying Planar Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) to the test section flows of the AEDC 16T wind tunnel, and showed that unprecedented measurements of three-dimensional velocity vectors are possible withtemporal and spatial resolution everywhere in the… More

Forward Looking Mine Detection with Laser Doppler Vibrometers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Amit Lal, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
This Phase II proposal is for developing a whole-field digital laser vibrometer (WDV) system capable of detecting buried landmines from a moving platform. Experiments have shown the feasibility of this technique to measure ground surface profiles aboveburied objects. We anticipate that the proposed… More

Aircraft Composite Component Inspection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $749,971.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser, Inc. has demonstrated during Phase I feasibility studies the ability to detect and quantify sub-surface flaws such as disbonds and delaminations in composite aircraft materials. This demonstration employed Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) inconjunction with acoustic excitation of the… More

An Ultra-Narrow Tunable Optical Bandpass Filter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimi Markov
Award Amount: $69,937.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser proposes to design and develop an innovative ultra-narrow tunable optical bandpass filter (UNTOBF) based on the properties of a dielectric photonic crystal structure with a resonant cavity. Such a structure can exhibit an ultra-narrow high-transmission band in the middle of a wide… More

Optical Sensor for Detection of Fatigue Damage Precursors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimi Markov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,972.00
Abstract:
Reliable and operationally simple methods that can be used in the field are needed for expeditious fatigue damage and corrosion detection. We have developed a strategy for constructing a laser-based nondestructive sensor for fatigue and corrosion damage detection and monitoring in aerospace… More

High Gain Threshold-less Laser System based on Optical Phase Conjugation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I proposal, we outline a plan to develop a novel ultra sensitive and high-gain laser system. Its operation is based on a high-gain thresholdless optical phase-conjugate mirror (OPCM). Such a laser system will be capable of tracking remoteobjects. A stimulated Brillouin scattering… More

Compact Optical System for Detection of Cracks in Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $69,440.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop an enhanced digital defect detection system based on laser vibrometry. This system is capable of detecting the defects in composite materials as specified in the solicitation. The instrument will detect and analyze cracks,delaminations and types of flaws critical for composite… More

FILADER - Fiber Laser Designator-Rangefinder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,957.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I we propose to study and develop a laser designator and rangefinder with an architecture based on the unique features of a fiber laser. The Fiber Laser Designator-Rangefinder - FILADER would have an output beam with a divergence of lessthan 30 ¿Yrad, relative pointing stability of… More

High-Response Total Temperature Distortion Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger
Award Amount: $679,971.00
Abstract:
Measurement of gas total temperature, particularly in highly unsteady transonic flow, continues to demand spatial and temporal resolution beyond the capabilities of most existing probe deployed sensors, but is essential to elucidate the role of inlet gas temperature distortion on gas turbine engine… More

An Ultra-Narrow Tunable Optical Bandpass Filter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,980.00
Abstract:
Ultra-narrow bandpass tunable filters in the visible and infrared spectral regions are needed for the remote sensing industry and NASA in particular. Such filters are applicable in high-resolution spectroscopy, tunable lasers, and multi-spectral and hyperspectral imaging. During Phase I, we… More

Optical Sensor for Detection of Fatigue Damage Precursors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christina Arnold, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,994.00
Abstract:
Investigation into fatigue damage precursors over the last decade has demonstrated that surface-evident defects such as cracks and slipbands evolve in a regular manner, which corresponds to the development of fatigue damage. Through examination of the evolution of such damage precursors in a… More

High Gain Threshold-less Laser System based on Optical Phase Conjugation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov
Award Amount: $718,816.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II proposal, we outline a plan to design and build a novel ultra sensitive and high-gain laser system. Its operation is based on a high-gain thresholdless optical phase-conjugate mirror. Such a laser system will be capable of tracking remote objects. A stimulated Brillouin scattering… More

Compact Optical System for Detection of Cracks in Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Vice President
Award Amount: $749,938.00
Abstract:
MDA solicits a practical instrument for defect detection and damage assessment in ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components employed in system critical applications. Specifically, the technology must be capable of detecting small cracks or delaminations in an efficient, reliable, and cost effective… More

High-Resolution Evanescent PIV for Near-Wall Microfluidics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Purdue University
Principal Investigator: Ben Buckner, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,953.00
RI Contact: Steve Wereley
Abstract:
This project aims to develop and test a system concept for high-resolution evanescent wave PIV, capable of near-wall flow measurements with 100 nm resolution in-plane and better, along the surface normal direction. We will construct a simple microfluidics test apparatus and identify the most… More

Adaptive Laser System for Space Control and Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Anatoliy Khizhnyak, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,773.00
Abstract:
Space control missions require a high angular brightness and minimal jitter laser beam on the target. These characteristics are difficult to achieve on a real beam path through turbulent atmospheric conditions. MetroLaser's proposal outlines an innovative approach in designing a laser system based… More

Advanced, Integrated Multi-Sensor System for Space Situation Awareness (AIMS for SSA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, V.P., Director of Research
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase I SBIR proposal to develop an advanced, integrated multi-sensor system for application in space situation awareness. The proposed system integrates laser tracking technology with advanced/emerging visible imaging and infrared search and track and radar technologies to produce an… More

Flow Control for Altering Aero-Optical Characteristics of Turbulent Flows and Associated Sensor for Validation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,963.00
Abstract:
This Phase I proposal describes concepts to force a turbulent flow and its associated optical distortion into a state that is more favorable for aero-optical management. The project will produce a unique capability to model, test, and analyze the effectiveness of flow control in minimizing… More

A Compact Raman and Fluorescence Detector for Rapid Detection of Chemical Leaks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,927.00
Abstract:
Chemical leaks from Chemical Oxygen Iodine Lasers (COIL) in aircraft release toxic gases that can endanger the flight crew. We propose to develop an optical sensor to detect four toxic gases used in COIL systems: iodine, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and ammonia. In addition, the proposed sensor will… More

Optical Instrument to Measure Cloud Drops with Varying Concentration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,919.00
Abstract:
75790-A cloud¿s drop size distribution has a strong influence on its radiative properties, especially in stratus clouds which cover a large portion of the earth. This project will develop technology to simultaneously measure droplet size and concentration in airborne applications characterized by… More

An Innovative Raster-Mirror Optical Detection System for CCD Camera Bistatic Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Valentina V. Doushkina, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $74,950.00
Abstract:
An innovative optical system with 500X higher ¿tendu and spatial resolution will be designed for CCD-based bistatic lidar. A 100¿ vertical field of view is required to image the laser beam from the ground through the boundary layer, but only a few degrees are required in the horizontal direction.… More

Compact Instrumentation for Thermal Barrier Coating Integrity Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter A. DeBarber, Vice President, Dir of Technology
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, we outline a plan to develop compact non-destructive inspection instrumentation for Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) integrity monitoring on fielded turbine engine components. Its operation is based on a unique combination of two optical techniques. Using a compact laser, fluorescence… More

Aero-Optical Characteristics of Turbulent Flow & Associated Sensor for Validation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Vice President & Director
Award Amount: $749,924.00
Abstract:
This Phase II proposal presents a plan to provide the U.S. Air Force with a unique capability to understand and exploit the relationship between flow control mechanisms and aero-optics. The proposal builds upon a successful Phase I effort that compared existing and produced new flow control tools,… More

Adaptive Laser System for Space Control and Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Anatoliy Khizhynak, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,944.00
Abstract:
Space control missions require a high angular brightness and minimal jitter laser beam on the target. These characteristics are difficult to achieve on a real beam path through turbulent atmospheric conditions. MetroLaser's proposal outlines an innovative approach in designing an Adaptive Laser… More

Advanced, Integrated Multi-sensor System for Space Situation Awareness (AIMS for SSA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Director of Research
Award Amount: $749,938.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase II SBIR proposal to develop an advanced, integrated multi-sensor system for application in space situation awareness. The proposed system incorporates laser tracking technology with advanced optical imaging and infrared search and track technologies to produce an integrated… More

An Innovative Raster-Mirror Optical Detection System for CCD Camera Bistatic Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Valentina Doushkina, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $299,950.00
Abstract:
An innovative optical system with 500X higher ¿tendu and spatial resolution will be designed for CCD-based bistatic lidar. A 100¿ vertical field of view is required to image the laser beam from the ground through the boundary layer, but only a few degrees are required in the horizontal direction.… More

Compact Instrumentation for Thermal Barrier Coating Integrity Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter DeBarber, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,921.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase II proposal, we outline a plan to develop a novel optical tool for quantitative Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) integrity monitoring. Its operation uniquely combines three independent optical techniques based on measurement of fluorescence and thermal signals generated within the… More

Thermal (Solar) Photovoltaics Using Luminescence Upconversions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
79814S Next generation, high-efficiency photovoltaic systems can play a significant role in addressing the global need for renewable energy sources. Effective photovoltaic systems must maximize absorption across the solar spectrum, while minimizing fundamental heat losses. In order to achieve… More

Endoscopic System to Measure Droplet Size and Velocity in Turbine Engine Augmentors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $99,934.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of an endoscopic system to measure droplet size and velocity distributions in high temperature sprays of turbine engine augmentors. We propose a technique that would measure with high interferometric precision the size distribution of… More

A Versatile Laser-Induced Incandescence System for Non-Intrusive Measurements of Particle Size and Mass in Aircraft Emissions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas P. Jenkins
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a versatile and affordable system to measure the average diameter of primary soot particles along with their mass concentration in aircraft engine exhausts. This work will expand upon our recent experience applying laser-induced incandescence (LII) to obtain the first… More

Photonic Crystal Filter for ASW Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Vice President
Award Amount: $79,917.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser proposes to design and build an innovative ultra-narrow high throughput optical bandpass filter based on the properties of a dielectric photonic crystal structure with a resonant cavity. Such a structure can exhibit an ultra-narrow high-transmission band in the middle of a wide… More

Aspect-Based 3D Multiplex Holographic Display With Real-Time Refresh

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Vice President
Award Amount: $98,960.00
Abstract:
With the increasing importance of military operations in urban terrain (MOUT), the need to visualize the complex 3D structure of urban areas for tactical engagements has become increasingly critical. To achieve this goal, DARPA has issued a request for a high performance 3D display for the… More

Visualization of Propellant Residues From Shoulder-Fired Rockets Upon Skin and Clothing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kupiec, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
Shoulder launched missiles, particularly the RPG-7, constitute 50% of all casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Returning direct fire is difficult due to the insurgents use of crowds as cover. As a result, the Air Force requires a means of detecting propellant residue on skin and clothes in order… More

Multiple View Autostereoscopic Display via Temporal Multiplexing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kupiec, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,921.00
Abstract:
In this project, MetroLaser proposes to develop a conceptual design for a prototype time-sequential multiperspective autostereographic display (ASD). This system will have multiple stereoscopic viewing zones over an extended field of view. The envisioned architecture for the ASD will extend the… More

Planar Doppler Velocimetry System for High-Speed Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a Planar Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) system for acquiring spatially- and temporally-resolved, three-component, velocity measurements around U.S. Air Force wind tunnel models, such as turrets and cavities, that have limited optical access. PDV is uniquely suited to flows… More

Fiber-Optic Explosive Detection Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,945.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, we outline a plan to develop a novel ultra-compact fiber-optic Raman device for the detection of a variety of explosives. Its novelty is based on a sample cell design that allows enhanced overlap between the excitation laser and the gas sample, as well as more efficient signal… More

Atmosphere Turbulence Profiling Laser System (TURPLAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Director of Research
Award Amount: $99,941.00
Abstract:
Atmospheric turbulence is the dominant factor affecting the spatial structure of a laser beam propagating in free space, resulting in beam jitter and a decrease of the energy density on the target. This MetroLaser Phase I proposal describes an innovative approach to measuring the strength of the… More

Thermal (Solar) Photovoltaics Using Luminescence Upconversions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,943.00
Abstract:
Next generation, high-efficiency photovoltaic systems are expected to play a significant role in addressing the global need for renewable energy sources. To be effective, these systems must maximize absorption across the solar spectrum, while minimizing fundamental heat losses. In order to achieve… More

True 3-D Display

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kupiec, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,575.00
Abstract:
In this project, MetroLaser proposes to develop a conceptual design for a prototype time-sequential multi-perspective, autostereographic display (ASD). This system will have multiple stereoscopic viewing zones over an extended field of view. The envisioned architecture for the ASD will extend the… More

An Intra-Cavity Laser Photo-Acoustic Instrument for Measurement of Atmospheric Absorption

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, we outline a plan to develop novel ultra-sensitive photo-acoustic instrumentation for the measurement of absorption coefficients of aerosol-laden air samples. Its operation is based on piezo-electric amplification of weak photo-acoustic signals. The photo-acoustic assembly in the… More

Phase-Locked Array of Solid-State Lasers (PLASS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, VP/ Director Applied Optics Group
Award Amount: $99,971.00
Abstract:
A new approach for multi-channel solid-state laser beam combining is proposed based on optical phase conjugation in a coupled-cavity laser configuration. The proposed scheme allows automatic synchronization of the channels' mutual coherency, thereby achieving maximum efficiency of combined beam… More

One-Dimensional Tunable Photonic-Crystal IR Filter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,959.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser proposes to design and develop an innovative narrowband tunable IR filter based on the properties of a one-dimensional photonic crystal structure with a resonant cavity. Such a structure can exhibit an ultra-narrow, high-throughput band in the middle of a wide low-transmission stop-band.… More

Laser-Induced Emissions Sensor for Soot Mass in Rocket Plumes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
A method is proposed to measure soot mass concentration non-intrusively from a distance in a rocket engine exhaust stream during ground tests using laser-induced incandescence (LII). The basic technique has already been proven in an aircraft engine exhaust, and should be adaptable to a rocket plume… More

Optical Figure Metrology for Deep Concave and Ogive Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger, VP and Director of Resear
Award Amount: $69,918.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase I proposal to develop an instrument for determining the optical figure of a new generation of infrared domes, such as tangent ogives, which are being developed to improve drag, range, speed, and payload capabilities of missiles. Since the optical tolerances achieved in the… More

Planar Doppler Velocimetry for Large-Scale, Low-Speed Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort will extend the capabilities of Planar Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) to include flow fields 7 ft x 7 ft with a velocity resolution of 1 ft/s, providing a solution to the experimental characterization of large flow fields near parachute canopies and their wakes. The predicted… More

Low-Power Wireless Near-Field Light Scattering Structural Health Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Buckner, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $79,951.00
Abstract:
Reliable and operationally simple methods that can be used in the field are needed for expeditious fatigue damage and corrosion detection. We have developed a strategy for constructing a laser-based nondestructive sensor for fatigue and corrosion damage detection and monitoring in aerospace… More

Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Lifing Technology using In-Situ Luminescence Imaging of Embedded Thermographic Phosphors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
Since the remnant life of a thermal barrier coating (TBC) structure depends critically on the temperature history at the TBC/bondcoat interface, the development of viable lifing prognostics requires instrumentation to obtain accurate interface temperature data as input to life models. Such data is… More

Velocity, Pitch, and Yaw of Hypervelocity Projectiles by Digital Shadowgraphy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Hypervelocity ballistics ranges require imaging and analysis systems that can measure the orientation and position of projectiles to a high degree of precision. We propose to construct a modular digital imaging system that will collect two orthogonal shadowgraphs of the projectile in flight at each… More

A Glass-Ceramic Optical Thermal History Sensor for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $99,793.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR proposal outlines a plan to evaluate the feasibility of several innovative aspects of a wireless thermal history sensor based on thermally activated crystallization of glass-ceramics. In particular, this proposal is concerned with the analysis and optimization of accuracy,… More

High Speed CMOS Image Sensor Circuits for Streak Photography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Sr. Scientist
Award Amount: $99,057.00
Abstract:
Focusing schlieren photography in a scanning arrangement is ideal for visualizing shock waves of hypersonic objects moving in one dimension. The frame rates of existing line scan sensors are limited by the readout circuits to approximately 100,000 frames per second - far too slow for Mach 10 rocket… More

Optical System for Identification of Friend or Foe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, President
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for a laser-based system to discriminate between friend and foe based on the acoustic signatures of military vehicles in the battlefield. A long range, multi beam, laser Doppler vibrometer would be capable of simultaneously probing the vibrational signatures of multiple locations of… More

Rapid and Conformable Field Repair and Nondestructive Evaluation of Rotor Blade Skins and Honeycomb in Blade Afterbody

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, V.P., Director of Applied Optics
Award Amount: $79,965.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes the development of a novel NDI instrument for rapid and reliable detection of skin to core and skin to honeycomb disbonds in aerospace structures. The proposed field instrument adapts a newly developed fiber-arrayed laser Doppler vibrometer (FA-LDV) to perform true defect… More

A Stereoscopic Scanner System for Behind Armor Debris

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,964.00
Abstract:
In response to an Army need for a data collection tool that can measure the velocities of Behind Armor Debris (BAD) fragments in controlled experiments, we propose to develop a stereoscopic scanner system that employs digital streak cameras. Unlike conventional high-speed cameras, which produce… More

An Instrument for Inspecting Aspheric Optical Surfaces and Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. James D. Trolinger, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase I proposal to develop an extremely versatile optical inspection tool for determining the optical figure of aspheric optical components, such as test objects, aspheric mirrors, segment mirrors, and optical components that are not easily inspected with conventional interferometry.… More

Endoscopic System to Measure Droplet Size and Velocity in Turbine Engine Augmentors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, President
Award Amount: $738,227.00
Abstract:
In response to an Air Force requirement for a high temperature endoscope to measure fuel spray in a turbine engine augmentor, MetroLaser proposes an endoscopic system that will be capable of measuring droplet size from 10 to 1000 microns and velocity from 3 m/s to 300 m/s. The endoscopic tubes will… More

Optical Figure Metrology for Deep Concave and Ogive Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, V.P. & Director of R&D
Award Amount: $599,935.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase II proposal to develop an instrument for determining the optical figure of a new generation of infrared domes, such as tangent ogives, which are being developed to improve drag, range, speed, and payload capabilities of missiles. Since the optical tolerances achieved in the… More

Planar Doppler Velocimetry for Large-Scale, Low-Speed Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Tom Jenkins, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,937.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort will extend the capabilities of Planar Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) to enable measurement of flow fields 7 ft. x 7 ft. in area with a velocity resolution of 1 ft/s, providing a solution to the experimental characterization of large flow fields near parachute canopies and their… More

Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Lifing Technology Using Solid Solution Luminescence Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,983.00
Abstract:
Since the remnant life of a thermal barrier coating (TBC) structure depends critically on the temperature history at the TBC/bondcoat interface, the development of viable lifing prognostics requires instrumentation to obtain accurate interface temperature data as input to life models. New advances… More

One-Dimensional Tunable Photonic-Crystal IR Filter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir D. Markov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,930.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser proposes to design and develop an innovative narrowband tunable IR filter based on the properties of a one-dimensional photonic crystal structure with a resonant cavity. Such structure would exhibit an ultra-narrow, high-throughput band in the middle of a wide, low-transmission stop-band.… More

Multiuser Portable Virtual Reality Training Simulator for Submarines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kupiec, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Carlos D. Molina
Abstract:
With the escalating pace of tactical submarine operations as well as the increasing strategic deployment of naval assets to distant locations, opportunities for the use of land-based mockup and pier-side simulation training has been greatly reduced. In order to maintain appropriate training levels… More

Adaptive TIL System for Long Range Laser Beam Projection with Enhanced Resolution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MARYLAND
Principal Investigator: Vladimir B. Markov, VP & Dir. of Applied Optics Div
Award Amount: $99,990.00
RI Contact: Evan Crierie
Abstract:
Efficient laser beam delivery on a distant target remains a key problem for practical implementation of tactical laser systems. Since the conventional target-in-the-loop (TIL) concept is generally not effective in such operational environments, new solutions are needed. MetroLaser has developed an… More

Optical Temperature and Strain Imaging for Turbine Engine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
Two optical measurement techniques are presented for imaging of strain and temperature of high temperature materials used in turbine engines. The proposed strain measurement capability is provided by a variant of electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI), whereas temperature imaging is… More

Hollow-Core Fibers for High-Energy Beam Delivery in CARS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,917.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR proposal addresses an Air Force need for enabling use of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) for non-intrusive measurements of gas species and temperature in high enthalpy gas flows that are currently inaccessible or impractical with conventional CARS configurations. We… More

Fatigue Crack Prognostics by Optical Quantification of Surface Roughness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir B. Markov, VP & Dir. of Applied Optics Group
Award Amount: $98,946.00
Abstract:
Reliable and operationally simple methods that can be used in the field are needed for observationally-based prognosis of remaining fatigue life. Previous work in the fatigue literature and at MetroLaser has shown that surface roughness can be a key indicator of the fatigue state of a component and… More

Integration of Signal Analysis Suite and Field-Portable Matrix Laser Doppler Vibrometer (MXLDV) for Composite NDE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Kilpatrick, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
This proposal seeks to produce a unique instrument for flight-line NDE and defect detection in aerospace composite structures based on integration of a new high speed laser Doppler imaging vibrometer with an automated software data processing suite. The principle of the method and technical… More

Adaptive Optics System for Mitigating Deep Atmospheric Turbulence Effect

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, V.P. & Dir. of Applied Optics Div
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
Efficient laser beam delivery on a distant extended target remains a key problem for practical implementation of laser systems. Since the conventional target-in-the-loop (TIL) adaptive optic concept is generally not effective in many operational environments, new solutions are needed. MetroLaser has… More

An All Electronic, Adaptive, Focusing Schlieren System for Flight Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop an electronic, focusing schlieren system for flight research based on electronic cameras and spatial light modulators as dynamic programmable masks. Schlieren methods are widely used to visualize turbulence and shock phenomena. Focusing schlieren systems are ideal for… More

Hydroxyl Tagging Velocimetry for Rocket Plumes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Thomas P. Jenkins, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
To address the need for non-intrusive sensors for rocket plume properties, we propose a laser-based velocity diagnostic that does not require seeding, works in high or low temperature flows, and can be used over a broad range of velocities. Hydroxyl tagging velocimetry (HTV) "writes" a line of OH… More

Adaptive TIL System for Long Range Laser Beam Projection with Enhanced Resolution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MARYLAND
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optics
Award Amount: $749,954.00
RI Contact: Evan Crierie
Abstract:
Efficient laser beam delivery on a remote target remains a key problem for practical implementation of tactical laser systems. Since the conventional target-in-the-loop (TIL) concept is generally not effective in such operational environments, new solutions are needed. MetroLaser has developed an… More

A Glass-Ceramic Optical Thermal History Sensor for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,988.00
Abstract:
This proposal outlines a plan to design, develop and test a prototype glass-ceramic thermal history sensor for use in extreme environments such as encountered in a gas turbine. The proposed sensor is wireless and provides more information than merely the maximum exposure temperature as in the case… More

A Stereoscopic Laser-Scanner for Measuring Velocity, Pitch, and Yaw of Hypervelocity Projectiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,956.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a Stereoscopic Laser Scanner for measuring the pitch, yaw, position, and velocity of projectiles in aeroballistic test ranges. The scanner uses a digital streak camera to track an object moving through a pair of laser sheets projected by two continuous wave lasers. The scanner… More

A Galvo Mirror Streak Camera for Imaging High-Speed Rocket Sleds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $403,591.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a high-speed digital streak camera to record high-resolution focused schlieren images of rocket sleds and their test articles. Streak images will be recorded by using a Galvo motor to rotate a relay mirror that sweeps an image of the entrance slit across the face of a large… More

High Resolution Optical System for Nondestructive Evaluation of Airframe Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $749,980.00
Abstract:
This project seeks to develop a unique instrument for non-destructive inspection (NDI) and defect detection in aerospace composite structures. The instrument architecture is based on integration of a new 2D Matrix Laser Vibrometer (MLV) with an automated data processing and software suite. The… More

An Instrument for Inspecting Aspheric Optical Surfaces and Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christina Arnold, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,971.00
Abstract:
This is a Phase II SBIR proposal to develop an extremely versatile optical inspection tool for aspheric optical components and optics that are not easily inspected with conventional interferometry. Modern optical design and manufacturing procedures have begun using such components more and more in… More

A Stereoscopic Scanner System for Behind Armor Debris

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,930.00
Abstract:
In response to an Army need for a data collection tool that can measure the velocities of Behind Armor Debris (BAD) fragments in controlled experiments, we propose to develop a Stereoscopic Scanner System (S3) that employs four digital streak cameras to record stereoscopic streak images of debris… More

Hydroxyl Tagging Velocimetry for Rocket Plumes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Thomas P. Jenkins, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,978.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
A non-intrusive method for measuring velocities in a rocket exhaust is proposed in a joint effort by MetroLaser and Vanderbilt University. Hydroxyl Tagging Velocimetry (HTV) uses an ultraviolet laser to tag a region of the flow with OH molecules, and interrogates them after a short delay with a… More

Multiuser Portable Virtual Reality Training Simulator for Submarines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Dr. Falco Kuester
Principal Investigator: Stephen Kupiec, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $499,952.00
RI Contact: Carlos Molina
Abstract:
With the escalating pace of tactical submarine operations as well as the increasing strategic deployment of naval assets to distant locations, opportunities for the use of central simulation facilities has been reduced. In order to maintain appropriate training levels at remote locations, the U.S.… More

An All Electronic, Adaptive, Focusing Schlieren System for Flight Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance P. MetroLaser, Inc., Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,925.00
Abstract:
Visualization of turbulence and shock phenomena by schlieren imaging has led to important discoveries in aerodynamics, and there has been much interest in applying schlieren methods for aircraft in flight. The goal of this project is to develop the next generation of Schlieren for Aircraft in Flight… More

Optical Temperature and Strain Imaging for Turbine Engine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Bauke Heeg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,989.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the need for instrumentation that can resolve strain and temperature distributions around small features of interest on high temperature, metallic and ceramic gas turbine components with curved surfaces. Two parallel optical approaches are outlined; laser speckle metrology… More

Adaptive Optics System for Mitigating Deep Atmospheric Turbulence Effect

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $749,981.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This proposal addresses the problem with development of a system capable of creating a small size, light beacon on a distant, image-resolved target after laser beam propagation through turbulent medium. Novel solutions to this problem are required, since the conventional… More

Fatigue Crack Prognostics by Optical Quantification of Surface Roughness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, VP & Director of Applied
Award Amount: $729,964.00
Abstract:
Reliable and operationally simple methods that can be used in the field are needed for observationally-based prognosis of remaining fatigue life. Previous work in the fatigue literature and at MetroLaser has shown that surface roughness can be a key indicator of the fatigue state of a component and… More

Lucky Imaging with Coherent Illumination and Tracking for Space Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
Ground-based optical imaging of space vehicles in orbit and launch vehicles in boost phase is crucial to Space Situational Awareness (SSA). The limiting factor is atmospheric turbulence. Recent advances in CCDs have allowed for practical implementation of Frieds Lucky Shot concept, in which the… More

Long-Range Laser Vibrometer for Target Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Cecil F. Hess, President
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
MetroLaser proposes to interface a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) sensor to a phased array telescope (PAT) for long-range vibration and target identification measurements and presents a work plan to demonstrate the feasibility of this technique. LDV systems are well suited for long-range… More

Integration of Signal Analysis Suite and Field-Portable Matrix Laser Doppler Vibrometer (MXLDV) for Composite NDE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Kilpatrick, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $744,128.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This proposal seeks to advance Composite Defect Resonance Imaging by Vibration Excitation (CDRIVE) based on development of an automated data processing framework for integration with a newly developed high-speed Matrix Laser Vibrometer (MLV). The MLV, developed under an earlier program,… More

Probing Dense Sprays with Gated, Picosecond, Digital Particle Field Holography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The Regents of the U of CA-Irvine
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger, Director of Research
Award Amount: $69,996.00
RI Contact: Gillian Fischer
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a unique, robust, fieldable, gated, picosecond, digital holography system for characterizing dense particle fields under harsh conditions. Many powerful imaging methods have failed to fulfill this requirement because noise from multiple scattering buries the signal… More

Simultaneous Imaging of Velocity and Temperature Fields in Reacting Flows using Thermographic Phosphors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,986.00
RI Contact: R. Paul Hart, Esq.
Abstract:
A method is proposed for the simultaneous imaging of temperature and velocity fields inside combustion chambers to enable experimental data on turbulent heat fluxes needed for model validation and development. Applications include turbine engines, afterburners, internal combustion engines, and… More

A Novel, Portable, Projection, Focusing Schlieren System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Drew L'Esperance, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
The schlieren technique has been used for flow diagnostics in wind tunnels since the beginning of aerospace research, due to its ability to make airflows

Long-Range Laser Vibrometer for Target Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, President – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $749,988.00
Abstract:
In response to an Air Force requirement for a laser measurement system capable of identifying targets through a turbulent atmosphere, MetroLaser proposes a multi-aperture laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). The signals collected through the multiple apertures would be co-phased to compensate for the… More

Lucky Imaging with Coherent Illumination and Tracking for Space Situational Awareness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Markov, Director of Applied Optic
Award Amount: $749,277.00
Abstract:
Ground-based space surveillance (GSS) is crucial to Space Situational Awareness (SSA). The limiting factor in GSS performance is atmospheric turbulence. Recent advances in CCDs enable practical implementation of "Lucky Shot" concept, making possible occasional detection of a clear image, and… More

A Novel, Portable, Projection, Focusing Schlieren System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Drew L. L'Esperance, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,939.00
Abstract:
The schlieren technique has been used for flow diagnostics in wind tunnels since the beginning of aerospace research due to its ability to make airflowsÂ? especially shock waves and turbulence Â? visible. This proposal describes a novel type of schlieren system that would increase efficiency,… More

Differential Diode Laser Sensor for High-Purity Oxygen

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Thomas P. Jenkins, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,949.00
RI Contact: Karen D. Hurdle
Abstract:
A compact portable sensor for determining the purity of oxygen concentrations near 100 percent is proposed based on differential absorption of two beams from a diode laser. One beam passes through a cell containing the sample of gas to be analyzed and the second beam passes through a reference cell… More

Long-Range Nondestructive Testing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cecil F. Hess, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of a long range, multi-point non-destructive system for the detection of subsurface flaws in metallic and composite materials of modern aircraft. This system would improve the test capabilities of NASA's ground facilities, specifically the Flight Loads… More

Simultaneous Temperature and Velocity Diagnostic for Reacting Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas P. Jenkins, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
A diagnostic technique is proposed for measuring temperature and velocity simultaneously in a high temperature reacting flow for aiding research in propulsion. The technique involves seeding particles of a ceramic thermographic phosphor into the flow and illuminating them with two overlapping pulsed… More

Planar Doppler Velocimetry for Aircraft Exhausts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Senior Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $149,868.00
RI Contact: R. P. Hart, Esq.
Abstract:
A diagnostic is proposed for aircraft engine exhausts that provides three velocity components at each point in an image of a slice through the plume. The method measures the Doppler shift of laser light scattered from soot particles naturally present in the exhaust, and may also be useful for… More

Laser-Induced Emission Sensor for Health Monitoring of Hydrocarbon Rocket Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Senior Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
A non-intrusive sensor will be developed for detecting metals in the plume of a liquid hydrocarbon-fueled rocket engine for monitoring engine health. Conventional passive emission sensors have proven to be useful in the detection of metal combinations that uniquely identify a failing component in… More

Optical Damage Sensors for Automated On-Wing Engine Airfoil Inspection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Trolinger, Director of Research – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $99,959.00
Abstract:
Two optical methods are proposed for the detection of a range of types of damage on coated and uncoated airfoils in advanced gas turbines, by means of borescope inspection of on-wing parts. The techniques are based on low coherence interferometry and luminescence spectroscopy. The Phase I work plan… More

Flow Characterization of Plasma Field Using Filtered Rayleigh Scattering and Its Optical Characterization Using Shack-Hartmann Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jacob George, Senior Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $149,957.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A varying density field in a plasma chamber is diagnosed using filtered Rayleigh Scattering (FRS) to obtain spatially and temporally resolved densities in a planar field. By tuning a narrow band laser light to the absorption line of a molecular iodine cell, unwanted light scattered from… More

Engineering Formulations for Turbulence Modeling of Variable Surface Roughness Effects in Wall-Bounded Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jacob George, Senior Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $149,830.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort has the objective to develop a method for representing the influence of surface roughness on turbulent transport. The method is designed for highly non-equilibrium flows, as occurs on helicopter rotors, and in other engineering applications. It is based on the displacement of… More

Optical Damage Sensors for Automated On-Wing Engine Airfoil Inspection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James D. Trolinger, Vice President&Dir. of – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $749,975.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Two optical methods are proposed for the detection of a range of types of damage on coated and uncoated airfoils in advanced gas turbines by means of borescope inspection of on-wing parts. The techniques are low coherence interferometry imaging of bulk TBC optical properties and… More

Multi-Beam Laser Velocimeter for Whole Field, Time Resolved Impact Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, President – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
In response to the Army"s requirement for new instrumentation for the quantitative evaluation of the whole-field dynamic response of ballistic impacted specimens, MetroLaser proposes a multi-beam laser velocimeter that will measure the time history of velocity and displacement at 8x8 points of… More

QUANTITATIVE BORESCOPE INSPECTION OF NUCLEAR REACTOR COMPONENTS INCORPORATING LOW COHERENCE INTERFEROMETRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Dr.
Award Amount: $224,962.00
Abstract:
Regular inspection of piping for corrosion damage is crucial in nuclear power plants to prevent leakage of radioactive material into the environment, and to allay concerns of residents living within the vicinity. However, currently used methods for detecting corrosion on interior surfaces of reactor… More

Vibration Measurement Methodology to Correct Aero-Optics Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Cecil Hess, President – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $149,937.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: MetroLaser proposes a test and evaluation methodology to optimize the information return of aero-optic wind tunnel tests, which are corrupted by mechanical vibration. The aero-optic and vibration effects are added and to separate them it would be necessary to accurately measure the effect… More

Planar Doppler Velocimetry for Aircraft Exhausts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Senior Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $499,959.00
RI Contact: Joel Kennedy
Abstract:
A diagnostic is being developed for aircraft engine exhausts that measures three velocity components in a slice through the plume. The method measures the Doppler shift of laser light scattered from particles naturally present in the flow, such as soot or dust. Two key areas of uncertainty were… More

Development of an Onboard Sensor for Flow Field Properties for Hypersonic Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jacob George, Senior Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $749,938.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A sensor system will be developed for characterizing instantaneous flow fields around a hypersonic vehicle while in flight. Filtered Rayleigh Scattering (FRS) will be used to obtain spatially and temporally resolved densities in a plane near the body of the vehicle. Scattering from… More

Non-Contact Temperature Sensor for Engine Hot Section Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Thomas P. Jenkins, Senior Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $799,940.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A non-intrusive sensor system for surface temperatures in harsh environments will be adapted to enable measurements on turbine blades during engine operation. The approach involves applying a layer of thermographic phosphor on top of the thermal barrier coating (TBC) of the engine… More

Modeling of Variable Surface Roughness Effects in Turbulence Models for Rotorcraft Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jacob George, Sr. Scientist – (949) 553-0688
Award Amount: $468,957.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Phase II program is to develop a simulation tool to estimate the aerodynamic effects of variable surface roughness, such as from the surface abrasion of helicopter rotor blades and the protective coatings that are applied to counteract it. The modeling is based on a displacement of… More

A Diagnostic for Simultaneous Liquid and Vapor Distributions in Sprays using Filtered Rayleigh and Mie Scattering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Ohio State University
Principal Investigator: Thomas Jenkins, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,948.42
RI Contact:
Abstract:
The understanding of how fuel evaporates and mixes when injected into an engine cylinder is of key importance for the design of cleaner, more efficient vehicles. To meet the Department of Energy & apos;s goals of improving fuel efficiency in gasoline engines by 25 percent and diesel engines by… More