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Ranged Eye-Safe Laser-Induced Flashbang Enabling System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Ranged Eye-Safe Laser-Induced Flashbang Enabling System
Agency: DOD
Contract: M67854-12-C-6524
Award Amount: $149,956.00


To address the Navy need for laser-induced plasma detonation (LIPD), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Ranged Eye-Safe Laser-Induced Flashbang Enabling System (RESLIFE) with minimized risk of permanent damage or fatalities. This proposed system is based on a combination of two commercially available eye-safe pulsed laser systems, namely the picosecond Er laser and nanosecond Tm laser systems. With the innovation in dual-wavelength energy delivery to a desired location, the RESLIFE will precisely and independently control the light and acoustic effects of the detonation while providing substantially stronger visual and auditory deterrent compared to current LIPD systems. As a result, this system offers a strong deterrent comparable to existing flashbang systems that could also be pulse-rate controlled to deliver messages using eye-safe laser sources, which directly address the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program requirements for nonlethal effects on human targets. In Phase I, POC will show the feasibility of RESLIFE through analytical demonstration of dual-wavelength laser system modeling for laser-induced plasma detonation. In Phase II, POC plans to demonstrate a fully functional breadboard system operation capable of plasma production beyond 100 m.

Principal Investigator:

Dmitry Starodubov
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No