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Shipboard Atmospheric Propagation Measurements

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
78492
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-D06-4141
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: Shipboard Atmospheric Propagation Measurements
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00164-06-C-6031
Award Amount: $99,891.00
 

Abstract:

Directing a high-power laser (HPL) beam through the atmosphere onto a distant target is limited by atmospheric absorption of the laser light, which causes thermal blooming and wavefront distortions that are difficult to correct. In the near-IR there are three atmospheric windows, in which atmospheric absorption is relatively weak, at wavelengths near 1 micron, 1.6 micron and 2.2 microns. The selection of the operating wavelength and requisite power level of an HPL that is designed to be directed through the atmosphere requires detailed measurement of atmospheric absorption as a function of wavelength by both molecules and aerosols. SRL proposes to develop an absorptometer that accurately measures the absorption of laser beams in the atmosphere in these windows and is insensitive to scattering losses. The instrument, which will utilize sensitive interferometry, will be capable of measuring both gas constituents and naturally occurring aerosols in both laboratory anid field experiments, with the objective of delivering a measurement system that can be used on a shore-based site and on a seagoing vessel. In Phase I SRL will complete a conceptual formulation and design of a system that can measure the absorption of a low-power laser beam by atmospheric gases and naturally occurring aerosols in a laboratory and maritime environment. In Phase II SRL will design, fabricate, test and deliver a robust aerosol-laden-air measurement system.

Principal Investigator:

Allen Flusberg
Principal Investigator
6175471122
aflusberg@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