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Company Information:

Name: Aerius Photonics, LLC.
Address: 2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B
Suite B
Ventura, CA
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (805) 642-4645

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,863,277.00 40
SBIR Phase II $12,865,220.00 18
STTR Phase I $478,958.00 5
STTR Phase II $749,993.00 1

Award List:

High-Power VCSELs for Military Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Geske, CEO
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) have demonstrated themselves as a commercially viable technology. Recent technology developments have lead to a new class of commercial VCSELs designed for high power operation. These devices appear to be favorable candidates for high power military… More

High Power Pulsed and CW VCSEL Arrays for Military Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, Owner
Award Amount: $749,978.00
Abstract:
Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) have demonstrated themselves as a commercially viable technology. Recent technology developments have lead to a new class of commercial VCSELs designed for high power operation. Phase I feasibility testing has verified that these devices are… More

MEMS Based Scalable Infrared Projector System (SIPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, Owner
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
The complexity of advanced systems employing IR imaging demands that test capabilities be developed to allow the insertion of simulated scenes into the controlled testing environment to form a critical link between advanced simulations and field trials. Such hardware in the loop testing can be… More

Scalable Infrared Projector System (SIPS) for High Temperature Scene Projection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
In Phase I Aerius Photonics has successfully completed the design of a Scalable Infrared Projector System (SIPS). In Phase II Aerius Photonics proposes to build and test a functional prototype high-temperature scene projector to demonstrate the fundamental operation of the SIPS. Aerius has… More

Projector of True Spectrum Dynamic IR Scenes (PTS-DIRS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics has partnered with Raytheon Missile Systems to jointly develop a true-spectral (or hyper-spectral) projector system concept that will achieve, for the first time, the ability to project both apparent temperature and apparent emissivity over a broad temperature range and for a large… More

Low-Noise Detector Arrays for Raman Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal
Award Amount: $74,973.00
Abstract:
We propose to demonstrate near infrared (NIR) InGaAs sensor arrays with 55% lower noise than arrays presently available to improve the sensitivity of current spectroscopy systems. The low noise performance will be enabled by the use of low-noise source follower per detector ROICs, which are also… More

Optical Pre-Amplifier Pixel Arrays for Laser Radar Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,932.00
Abstract:
The next generation of autonomously guided munition seekers requires the development of imaging LADAR systems capable of detection through obscurants at greater ranges and with greater precision and speed while reducing system cost, weight, and power consumption. Aerius Photonics has developed an… More

High-Gain, Wavelength-Agile Compact Coherent and Direct-Detection Receiver for High-Bandwidth Laser Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes a new wavelength tunable, optically preamplified receiver called the MEMS Tunable Vertical Cavity Amplified Detector (MT-VCAD). The MT-VCAD is a compact hybrid semiconductor chip device that utilizes an integrated MEMS mirror in conjunction with an amplifying semiconductor… More

High-Power Vertical Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President of Engineering
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
Instead of making incremental improvements to the inherent weakness of the laser facet, Aerius Photonics proposes to fabricate space-qualifiable laser pump arrays that eliminate the weakness of the facet altogether by using kilowatt-capable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which… More

2-D Optical Preamplifier Pixel Arrays For Near Photon-Counting FLASH LADAR Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes a 2-D Optical-Preamplifier Pixel Array (OPPA) to provide near photon-counting imaging FLASH LADAR receiver sensitivity with linear-mode operation, full pulse shape discrimination, superior countermeasure immunity, and distinct advantages that improve target discrimination.… More

High Apparent Temperature Diffraction-Limited Cryogenic Scene Projector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
Aerius photonics is proposing a cryogenic compatible scene projector designed for the test and evaluation of multi-spectral missile interceptor systems. This technology is based on the high apparent temperature MWIR scene projector concept developed by Aerius for the MDA and currently being… More

Practical Broadband Cryogenic Polarization Controlled 512x512 Scene Projector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,917.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics is proposing a highly practical and effective plan to develop a scene projector with 512 x 512 pixels that allows the polarization state of each pixel to be independently and dynamically controlled at full frame rates. The projector would utilize two separate randomly polarized… More

High-Density MEMS-Based Optical Switch for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,954.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics has partnered with MEMS-based optical switch manufacturer Calient Networks to design and deliver a new generation of high-density MEMS-based all-optical router for use in space applications. This effort leverages substantial investment already made by Calient in the development of… More

Embedded Metal Nanoparticles for Efficient Thermoelectric Power Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President of Engineering
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of high output power thick film generator modules using nanoparticle-embedded materials that are amenable to production using bulk crystal-growth methods. These nanoparticles provide benefits similar to superlattices, such as increasing the… More

Optical Void Sensing for Deeply Buried Hardened Target Penetrators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes an optical void sensor that will meet the objectives of the Air Force for a survivable, reliable and retrofit compatible non-inertial void detector for deeply buried hardened target penetrators. The sensor will draw low power, is compact and has the potential for precise… More

Low-Noise Detector Arrays for Raman Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal
Award Amount: $299,970.00
Abstract:
We propose to demonstrate near infrared (NIR) sensor arrays with 10 times lower noise than arrays presently available to improve the sensitivity of current spectroscopy systems. Such an achievement would allow the measurement of new phenomena through Raman spectroscopy and other diagnostic… More

In-line Optical Preamplifiers for Laser Radar Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $749,992.00
Abstract:
The next generation of autonomously guided munition seekers requires the development of LADAR systems capable of detection through obscurants at greater ranges and with greater precision and speed while reducing system cost, weight, and power consumption. Aerius Photonics has developed an advanced… More

Broad Spectral Range Detectors for Vis/SWIR Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Aerius proposes to build detectors with low dark current and a cutoff wavelength of 3.0 um, using InP-based detectors. These detectors do not suffer from the same problems conventional "extended-wavelength" suffer, such as high dark current, low quantum efficiency, and limited spectral range. … More

High-Power Vertical Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President of Enginee
Award Amount: $999,993.00
Abstract:
Instead of making incremental improvements to the inherent weakness of the laser facet, Aerius Photonics proposes to fabricate space-qualifiable laser pump arrays that eliminate the weakness of the facet altogether by using kilowatt-capable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which use… More

2-D Optical Preamplifier Pixel Arrays For Near Photon-Counting Flash Ladar Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $1,199,999.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to build, test, and deliver a 2-D Optical-Preamplifier Pixel Array (OPPA) to provide near photon-counting imaging Flash Ladar receiver sensitivity with linear-mode operation, full pulse shape discrimination, superior countermeasure immunity, and distinct advantages that… More

High-Gain, Wavelength-Agile Compact Coherent and Direct-Detection Receiver for High-Bandwidth Laser Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes a wavelength tunable, optically preamplified receiver called the MEMS Tunable Vertical Cavity Amplified Detector (MT-VCAD). The MT-VCAD is a compact hybrid semiconductor chip device that utilizes an integrated MEMS mirror in conjunction with an amplifying semiconductor… More

High-Power Vertical-Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Fiber Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a fiber-pump module built upon an array of VCSELs emitting over 200W at either 975 nm or 798 nm. Aerius principals have been designing and fabricating VCSELs for over 15 years, developing them first for data communications, and more recently, for high-power… More

Hybrid Direct-Detect and Coherent Flash Ladar Receivers for Enhanced Sensitivity and Target Discrimination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
Aerius is proposing the extension of our demonstrated 1064 nm imaging Flash Ladar optical preamplifier pixel arrays (OPPAs) toward the develop and implementation of a hybrid coherent and direct-detection Ladar receiver for greatly enhanced detection sensitivity, target tracking and target… More

Handheld IR Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Chemical Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President of Engineering
Award Amount: $69,949.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics and partner Ahura Scientific, propose to develop a handheld system, based on Ahura's successful FirstDefender Raman system, that employs an excitation laser emitting at 980 nm and a low noise InGaAs array based on Aerius' high performance InGaAs technology. This system will… More

Optical Void Sensing for Deeply Buried Hardened Target Penetrators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes an optical void sensor that will meet the objectives of the Air Force for a survivable, reliable, non-inertial void detector for deeply buried hardened target penetrators. The sensor approach draws low power, is compact and has the potential for precise distance ranging,… More

Embedded Metal Nanoparticles for Efficient Thermoelectric Power Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President of Enginee
Award Amount: $449,892.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics plans to improve the performance of ErAs-doped InGaAs by using bulk ternary materials. Using ErAs nanoparticles enables the selective filtering of carriers reducing the thermal conductivity while maintaining electrical conductivity. Aerius approach of using bulk ternary crystals… More

ROIC for Hybrid, Coherent and Direct-Detect Flash Ladar Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,993.00
RI Contact: Susan D. Tompkins
Abstract:
Development efforts for hybrid Flash Ladar receivers are underway, however a common limitation is the lack of an appropriate Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) to amplify and condition the hybrid Flash Ladar signals. Though Flash Ladar ROICs exist for direct-detect mode and concepts are under… More

Broad Spectral Range Detectors for Vis/SWIR Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President of Enginee
Award Amount: $749,954.00
Abstract:
Aerius proposes to build detectors with low dark current and a cutoff wavelength of 3.0 um, using InP-based detectors. These detectors do not suffer from the same problems conventional "extended-wavelength" detectors suffer, such as high dark current, low quantum efficiency, and limited spectral… More

Integrated Thermal Management and Wafer-Scale Packaging for High-Power VCSEL Diode Pump Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Boise State University
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Karen Henry
Abstract:
The performance of diode pumped solid state lasers (DPSSLs) is often limited by the performance of the diode laser arrays used to pump the crystal. Of the components making up the DPSSL module, the diode laser arrays consume the most power, dissipate the most waste heat per unit area and are among… More

Hybrid Direct-Detect and Coherent Flash Ladar Receivers for Enhanced Sensitivity and Target Discrimination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $999,984.00
Abstract:
Aerius is proposing the development of a prototype hybrid coherent and direct-detection Ladar receiver for greatly enhanced detection sensitivity, target tracking and target discrimination. The approach employs Aerius' Optical preamplified Pixel Array (OPPA) which consists of a 2-D array of… More

High-Power Vertical-Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Fiber Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President of Enginee
Award Amount: $365,777.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop fiber laser pump modules based on Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays which can have a manufacturing cost ten times lower than the existing Edge Emitting Laser (EEL) technology. Aerius will demonstrate and deliver high power VCSEL array modules… More

Practical Broadband Cryogenic Polarization Controlled Scene Projector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Geske, President
Award Amount: $693,304.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics is proposing a highly practical and effective plan to develop a scene projector that allows the polarization state of each pixel to be independently and dynamically controlled at full frame rates. The projector would utilize a single unpolarized resistor array system with a 4… More

Integrated Thermal Management and Wafer-Scale Packaging for High-Power VCSELs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Boise State University
Principal Investigator: Chad Wang, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,993.00
RI Contact: Karen Henry
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics is proposing to develop high-power Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) and arrays on 4" substrates with an integrated thermal management approach to improve the thermal performance on an entirely wafer-level manufacturing compatible process. This is critical as waste… More

High Speed Polarization Modulation of Microcavity Lasers for Laser Radar (LADAR) Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,987.00
RI Contact: Kent Choquette
Abstract:
A need exists for polarization interrogating and discriminating Ladar systems to detect and discriminate defilade targets. In the proposed effort, Aerius, and our partner at the University of Illinois, will apply photonic crystal technology to extend Aerius' high power, high wall plug efficiency,… More

Photon-Counting Focal Plane Arrays for Active Sensing from 0.4-2.5 μm Wavelength

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President
Award Amount: $99,971.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop photon-counting, linear-mode detection, active imaging focal plane arrays (FPAs) with photoresponse from 0.4 to 2.5 μm wavelength (VIS-NIR-SWIR) by inserting their BroadwaveT photodetector material into an Avalanche Photodiode (APD) structure. In Phase I… More

High-performance, cost-effective SLS arrays using conventional III-V processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics plans to develop cost-effective focal plane arrays (FPAs) based on InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice (SLS) structures for long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) wavelength applications. Presently, the majority of arrays are fabricated in academic or laboratory environments. Building… More

High Speed Focal Plane Array (FPA) for Vibrometer, Laser Radar (LADAR), and Coherent Optical Detection Sensor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lloyd Linder, Sensor Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $69,499.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a high speed, high sensitivity focal plane array (FPA) assembly consisting of a low noise InGaAs photodiode array and a fast readout integrated circuit (ROIC). The FPA will be integrated into a laser vibrometer system and used for the detection of landmines and… More

Compact, wearable IFF laser beacon with enhanced data transmission capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Klemer, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics will address the need for an effective, secure, long-range wearable identification friend-or-foe (IFF) device with enhanced data transmission capability by developing a compact, portable, battery-powered beacon that employs state-of-the-art mid-wave IR (MWIR) and/or long-wave IR… More

Scalable Coherent High Power Vertical Cavity Diode Laser Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President
Award Amount: $119,932.00
Abstract:
Aerius proposes a Mutually Injection Locked VCSEL Array (MIL-VCSEL) system architecture to achieve a scalable 100kW coherently phased diode laser array. Aeriusf?T approach addresses the historic challenges with coherently phased beam combining of large-format diode laser and VCSEL arrays. The… More

Ladar-Based Closed-Loop Fire Control System for Small-Diameter Weapons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Research Scient
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics and our program partners propose to develop a closed-loop fire control system for small-diameter weapons that incorporates a flash ladar sensor into an existing ballistic-computing rifle sight sensor suite. The ladar sensor will use a burst of single ranging laser pulses to image… More

High-efficiency vertical-cavity laser diode pumps for high-energy solid-state lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Renner, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop fiber laser pump blocks and modules based on Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays which can have a manufacturing cost ten times lower than the existing Edge Emitting Laser (EEL) technology. Aerius will demonstrate and deliver high efficiency… More

High Speed Flash Imaging Laser Vibrometer for the Detection of Suicide Bomber IEDs (SBIEDs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Renner, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Aerius, together with our team partners, proposes to develop a Flash Imaging Laser Vibrometer optimized for SBIED detection applications. The proposed vibrometer will operate at a standoff distance of more than 125 meters and have an adjustable Field of View (FOV) so that the attention can readily… More

Scalable Coherent High Power Vertical Cavity Diode Laser Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Chad Wang, Research Scientist – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $728,304.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a high-power coherently combined laser based on Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays. In Phase II, Aerius will develop the scalable technologies needed to fabricate a coherently combined VCSEL array, and at the end of Phase II, will demonstrate… More

Handheld IR Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Chemical Identification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice-President – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $749,965.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Aerius Photonics demonstrated Raman spectroscopy at 785 nm, 980 nm, and 1064 nm, with only 1064 nm-based excitation showing a reduction in fluorescence. In addition, Aerius Photonics and partner Ahura Scientific, demonstrated a breadboard version of an InGaAs-based Raman spectrometer to… More

Lossless Avionic Wavelength Router based on Vertical Cavity Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Daniel Renner, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $79,989.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a scalable and non-blocking lossless avionic wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) fiber optic local area network (LAN) wavelength router. The enabling photonic component for these advanced next generation routers is the Aerius' MEMS-Tunable Vertical Cavity… More

Dual Well Focal Plane Array (FPA) Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lloyd Linder, Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $69,979.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes the development of a unique FPA sensor that accommodates the requirements of this application. In Phase II, Aerius will develop a 640 X 640 30?m InGaAs detector array based FPA sensor that has both the ability to detect low power laser pulses through integration and perform… More

Environmentally Hardened Laser-based micro combat ID

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Dan Klemer, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,941.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics will address the need for a small, ruggedized, long-range wearable micro combat identification device by developing a compact, portable, battery-powered beacon that employs state-of-the-art mid-wave IR (MWIR), long-wave IR (LWIR) and near IR (NIR) laser technology to emit an eyesafe… More

SBIR Phase I:Low Cost Scanning Micro-Lidar for High Volume Commercial and Humanitarian Products

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Renner, PhD
Award Amount: $149,985.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will initiate the development of a low cost scanning micro- Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) for commercial and humanitarian applications. A major aim is to introduce revolutionary technology that will drive down the cost of the… More

SBIR Phase I:High-speed, 2048 element 1300 nm sensor for real-time OCT imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, BS
Award Amount: $149,703.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project addresses the need for high-speed real-time high-resolution cross-sectional images of the internal microstructure of living tissue. This is a fundamental need of modern medical diagnostics that only optical coherence tomography (OCT) can… More

Radiation-Tolerant Vertical-Cavity Amplifying Detectors for Time-of-Flight Laser Rangefinders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Timothy Strand, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
The harsh radiation environment anticipated during the Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) presents a significant challenge to develop radiation-hardened notional instruments. A high-performance, radiation-tolerant detector is required for the time-of-flight laser altimeter system on the Jupiter… More

High Resolution, Radiation Tolerant Focal Plane Array for Lunar And Deep Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Lloyd F. Linder, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics and its partners propose the development of a high resolution, radiation hardened 3-D FLASH Focal Plane Array (FPA), with performance expected to be > 6Mrad total incident dose (TID), and will be able to perform at extremely low temperatures (-230C) without the need for a warm… More

Monolithic CMOS LADAR Focal Plane Array (FPA) with a Photonic High-Speed Output Interface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Boise State University
Principal Investigator: Lloyd Linder, Senior Systems Engineer – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,995.00
RI Contact: R. J. Baker
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a monolithic electronic-photonic silicon CMOS Focal Plane Array (FPA) to enable ultra-compact Imaging LADAR sensors. These miniature LADAR sensors would have far reaching impact on a number of DoD applications because of their dramatic reduction in… More

2-Dimensional Phase Controlled Coherent VCSEL Arrays for Military Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Illinois
Principal Investigator: Chad Wang, Research Scientist – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $79,987.00
RI Contact: Professor K. D. Choquette
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics and the University of Illinois propose to develop a large two-dimensional coherently coupled Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) array that will enable phase controlled operation, providing a building block for electronic steering of optical beam outputs with no… More

High Speed Infrared Sensor for Jitter Correction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael MacDougal, Vice President – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
For laser tracking applications, a sensor with a high frame rate and sensitivity to infrared wavelengths is required. Aerius proposes to make a 256x256 sensor with a frame rate of 10 kHz. The sensor will include a detector array made from InGaAs so that it is sensitive to wavelengths from 800 nm … More

High Temperature, High-Efficiency, Vertical-Cavity Laser Diode Pumps for Directed Energy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Chad Wang, Research Scientist – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics is proposing to develop Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays that are capable of high-efficiency (>55%) at high temperature operation conditions (60 C). At the end of Phase II, a 12 kW solid-state pump module will be delivered. The high temperature efficiency… More

High Speed, Radiation Hardened Focal Plane Array (FPA) for Hybrid Coherent and Direct Detect Active Imaging Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lloyd Linder, Senior Systems Engineer – (805) 645-4645
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Currently, Readout Integrated Circuits (ROIC) are not available that can support hybrid active imaging receivers that have dual mode direct detection and coherent detection capability. In addition, radiation hardness / survivability of electronic components is of paramount importance for use in the… More

Lossless Tunable Filter for Space-Based Photonic Routers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Tim Strand, Principal Scientist – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop lossless tunable wavelength filters operating around 1550 nm based on electrically-injected MEMS-Tunable Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (MT-VCSOAs). The unique properties of these devices simultaneously provide tunable wavelength filtering and optical… More

Non-Mechanical Scanning LADAR for Enhanced Spacecraft Survivability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Todd Meyrath, Research Scientist – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a compact light-weight non-mechanical scanning LADAR for enhanced spacecraft survivability. This new technology will be used to detect and track natural and manmade physical threats to spacecraft. Such detection and tracking will allow the spacecraft to respond… More

Multispectral Compact Personnel Tag Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Falgun Patel, Program Manager – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a design for a prototype personnel tag device which incorporates multiple technologies into a compact, portable system suitable for the warfighter. The Aerius design will incorporate both RF and IR transmission technologies such that the tags can be turned on… More

Readout-Integrated Circuit (ROIC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Llyod Linder, Program Manager – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Corrugated Quantum Well Infrared Photo-Detector (C-QWIP) Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) are being extended to higher resolutions with some compromise to detector performance. These FPAs have many LWIR camera applications at the ARMY, including the Objective Pilotage for Utility and Lift (OPUL) program,… More

High-Power Vertical-Cavity Laser Pump Arrays for Tm Fiber Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President and Founder – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
A 79x nm fiber laser pump module is proposed based on Aerius Photonics"high power vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). Designs and process steps are defined for successful development of 79x nm devices, specifically for the design of a 2D array that is to be coupled into a high… More

Compact, wearable IFF laser beacon with enhanced data transmission capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Falgun Patel, Program Manager – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $749,976.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The objective of this Phase II program is to develop a battery operated, friend or foe identification beacon (IFF Beacon) technology that is compact and can be worn on the warfighter as part of standard gear. The IFF beacon will project a high brightness beam across a hemisphere allowing… More

Handheld Combat ID (CID) Laser Beacon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jon Geske, President – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $728,445.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The objective of this Phase II program is to develop a battery operated, combat identification beacon (CID Beacon) technology that is compact and can be worn on the warfighter as part of standard gear. The CID beacon will project a high brightness beam across a hemisphere allowing… More

High Speed Focal Plane Array (FPA) for Vibrometer, Laser Radar (LADAR), and Coherent Optical Detection Sensor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: LLoyd Linder, Program Manager – (805) 642-4645
Award Amount: $399,693.00
Abstract:
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a high speed, high sensitivity focal plane array (FPA) assembly consisting of a low noise InGaAs photodiode array and a fast readout integrated circuit (ROIC). The FPA will be integrated into a laser vibrometer system and used for the detection of landmines and… More