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High Quantum Efficiency Nd:YAG Photocathode

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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1993 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 E. Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: High Quantum Efficiency Nd:YAG Photocathode
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $496,302.00


Phase I will develop an advanced photocathode for high quantum efficiency, photon-counting sensitivity of 1.06 microsecond, Nd:YAG laser pulses. As far as maximum ladar range is concerned the proposed photocathode is equivalent to an increase of a factor of 15 in laser power. The photocathode is called the High Quantum efficiency Photocathode (HiQ-PC) and is characterized by: (1) High Quantum Efficiency: about 75% at 1.06 micrometers; (2) High Sensivity: gain sufficient for single photon detection; (3) High Speed: sufficient to distingish 10 ns laser pulses with a pulse repetition frequency of .1 megahertz; (4) Multiple or Single Pixel Compatibility: single-pixel ladars or multiple-pixel focal planes; and (5) Room Temperature Operation. Military and commercial applications of the HIQ-PC are extensive: it can be used as the detector in a Nd:YAG laser radar system and it will substantially increase the range-performane of acquisition and tracking ladar. Other ladar applications include those where long-range or increased range is important.

Principal Investigator:

Roger Stettner, Phd

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Advanced Scientific Concepts,
2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 123 Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No