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INTELLIGENT DRIVERS USING OPTICAL SENSING

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
77888
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
06ST1-0082
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY INC
15 Ward Street Somerville, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: INTELLIGENT DRIVERS USING OPTICAL SENSING
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0425
Award Amount: $98,959.00
 

Abstract:

Science Research Laboratory (SRL) and the Penn State Electro-Optics Center (PSU) propose to develop intelligent laser diode driver technology, incorporating optical diagnostics, that extends the operating lifetime of laser diode arrays by an order of magnitude. Random perturbations of temperature or current density during operation of a laser diode array can lead to thermal runaway and the formation of current filaments; the high local temperature, current, and optical power associated with these filaments damages the emitters and eventually leads to array failure. SRL and PSU have demonstrated that the formation of current filaments can result in irreversible damage. As part of this SBIR, SRL and PSU propose to use rapid real-time optical diagnostics to protect laser diodes from irreversible damage, significantly increasing their lifetime and reliability. By improving the lifetime of laser diodes, this technology will dramatically lower the cost of ownership of laser diode arrays, allowing them to be successfully integrated into a wide range of military laser hardware.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Booth
SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
6175471122
mbooth@srl.com

Business Contact:

Jonah Jacob
PRESIDENT
6175471122
jjacob@srl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, INC.
15 Ward Street Somerville, MA 02143

EIN/Tax ID: 042786396
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
PENNSTATE
ELECTRO-OPTICS CENTER W. HILLS IND. PK,
KITTANNING, PA 16201
Contact: Kevin White
Contact Phone: (724) 295-7019
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university