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Laser Beamrider Detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
37018
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
37018
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
PRINCETON SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, INC.
7 Deer Park Drive Suite C Monmouth Junction, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Laser Beamrider Detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Advances in laser based weapons constitute a real threat to military aircraft. Detection of incident laser beam illumination early enough to allow an active response is vital. A laser beamrider detection system must have a high probability of detection with a low false alarm rate. This proposal addresses the difficult problem of detecting hostile laser illumination against bright daylight backgrounds over a wide field of view without knowledge of the laser's wavelength or pulse repetition rate. A high resolution imaging sensor is proposed capable of running at 1,000,000 frames/sec, thus combining high spatial and temporal resolution to reduce the ambient background signal without attenuating the sub-microsecond pulsed laser signal. With this sensor, background noise can be reduced to a level where knowledge of the laser's wavelength is not needed and narrow band optical filtering not necessary in order to detect incident low-intensity laser beams in the daytime, over a wide field of view. The proposed detector employs "smart pixels¿ to avoid the impossible burden of reading out the image a million times a second, and thus provides a high duty factor for detecting pulses from threat laser systems.

Principal Investigator:

John L. Lowrance
9082740774

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Princeton Scientific
7 Deer Park Drive Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

EIN/Tax ID: 222287510
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No