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Optical Limiters Without Focal Planes

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86820
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-008-1035
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TIPD, L.L.C.
1430 N. 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85705-6644
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Optical Limiters Without Focal Planes
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6889
Award Amount: $99,990.00
 

Abstract:

The overall goal of the program is to develop an optical limiter without a focusing lens that provides sufficient attenuation to prevent eye damage at incident radiation levels that would otherwise cause retinal injury. High transmission (>15%), high on-state optical density (>4) and rapid response (nsec) are desired. Several new laser eye protection device designs are proposed and will be examined in detail in the course of the Phase I program. Each device exploits a fundamentally different optical limiting mechanism in organic and polymeric materials, namely nonlinear absorption, nonlinear refraction and nonlinear scattering. State-of-the-art nonlinear optical (NLO) polymers will be used as the optical limiting materials in coupled cavity, photonic band gap, and nonlinear photonic crystal device structures. Early in Phase I, potential candidate devices will be down-selected based on criteria such as limiting threshold, response time, low intensity transmission, and dynamic range among other key factors. Unique coupled cavity designs exploit intracavity enhancement without significantly limiting bandwidth. Photonic band gap devices will attempt to exploit recently developed NLO polymers with exceptional nonlinear index changes. Nonlinear scattering devices will take advantage of newly developed techniques for polymer melt infiltration into photonic crystal structures.

Principal Investigator:

Arkady Bablumyan
Optical Engineer
5204655081
abablumian@yahoo.com

Business Contact:

Jim Fountain
Business Manager
5202504405
fountain@tipdllc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TIPD, L.L.C.
9030 S. Rita Road, Ste 120 Tucson, AZ 85747

EIN/Tax ID: 562549422
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No