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Ultra-High Dynamic Range Optical Modulators For Ladar Scene Projection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67647
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-161-1529
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Srico, Inc.
2724 SAWBURY BOULEVARD COLUMBUS, OH 43235-4579
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Ultra-High Dynamic Range Optical Modulators For Ladar Scene Projection
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0106
Award Amount: $749,881.00
 

Abstract:

Scene Projectors enable improvements in the design and testing of LADAR systems, including full "hardware in the loop" testing, and require a large number of pixels whose intensity can be rapidly varied over an optical dynamic range exceeding 62 dB. Typically, such Scene Projectors may consist of a 256 x 256 array of pixels that can be modulated at rates approaching several gigahertz. One approach being investigated for the eye-safe wavelength of 1550 nm, employs a cw laser source with an array of external intensity modulators. Several hundred modulators can be fabricated on a single 4-inch lithium niobate wafer. Commercial optical intensity modulators have extinction ratio (ER) values between 20 and 30 dB, which is satisfactory for their intended applications. During the Phase I program, SRICO developed the world's first optical intensity modulator based on a lithium niobate Mach-Zehnder Interferometer that has an ultra-high ER in excess of 62 dB - over one thousand times greater than provided by most commercial modulators. The Phase II program will develop and demonstrate an Optical Module containing an ultra-high dynamic range optical intensity modulator array with associated high speed drive circuitry. The Optical Module will be designed to fit in a VME-type rack card.

Principal Investigator:

Stuart A. Kingsley
Chief Scientist
6147990664
skingsley@srico.com

Business Contact:

Judtih C.Sriram
VP & Business Manager
6147990664
judith@srico.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SRICO, INC.
2724 SAWBURY BOULEVARD COLUMBUS, OH 43235

EIN/Tax ID: 311344955
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No