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Beacon Modulation Tomography for Compensation in Deep Turbulence

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86524
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-002-0937
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nutronics, Inc.
4665 Nautilus Ct. S. STE 500 Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Beacon Modulation Tomography for Compensation in Deep Turbulence
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-08-M-0033
Award Amount: $98,964.00
 

Abstract:

The applicability of adaptive optical systems remains limited today by the inability to solve the problem of compensation for the effects of turbulence in the near-deep (Rytov numbers from 0.4 to 1.0) and deep (Rytov numbers greater than 1.0) turbulence regimes with an extended, non-cooperative target. In these turbulence regimes, the combined effects of beacon anisoplanatism and laser speckle make estimation of the branch point contribution to the phase function extremely difficult. Recent work by Barchers indicates that the most likely solution path is to develop a tomographic estimate of the turbulence along the propagation path, and then using this estimate, develop the optimal control commands to maximize power on the target. Nutronics, Inc. proposes an innovative approach merging phased array technology to form controlled laser beacons at the target. The multiplicity of beacons formed from the phased array can then be used to form a tomographic estimate of the turbulence along the path. Should the proposed effort be successful, there are many potential commercial and defense applications in the area of high energy lasers and long range remote sensing.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey D. Barchers
Vice President
3037764301
jbarchers@nutroninc.com

Business Contact:

Jeffrey D. Barchers
Vice President
3037764301
jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NUTRONICS, INC.
3357 Chasen Dr. Cameron Park, CA 95682

EIN/Tax ID: 880341222
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No