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Electronic Laser Beam Scan with a Switched Focal Array

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Anro Engineering, Inc.
450 Bedford Street Lexington, MA 02173
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: Electronic Laser Beam Scan with a Switched Focal Array
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $54,908.00


A laser beam will be totally electronically scanned among any number of discrete angular positions within a nearly 180 degree sector by exciting an array of elements disposed over the focal surface of a lens or reflector through a set of controlled switches. Feasibility of the proposed switched array will be established through fabrication and test of a prototype. The configuration of objective and focal plane array of guide elements will be modeled analytically to arrive at a design which optimizes the preformance-potential inherent in the proposed configuration and new technology. Phase I experimental and Phase II through design and fabrication of a full prototype electronic scan laser system. High speed electronic scan will enable realization of volumetric search and track-while-scan LIDAR systems. Optical electronic switches integrated with compatible focal surface arrays may find use in display and computer applications.

Principal Investigator:

Gerald Ross, Phd

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Anro Engineering, Inc.
Five Militia Drive, Suite 104 Lexington, MA 02173

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No