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High-Bandwidth, Compact Free-Space Optical Communications Using Adaptive Optics

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
63986
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
022-0278
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AOPTIX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
580 Division St. Campbell, CA 95008
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: High-Bandwidth, Compact Free-Space Optical Communications Using Adaptive Optics
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA8650-04-C-1613
Award Amount: $749,519.00
 

Abstract:

AOptix Technologies proposes to build and demonstrate a laser communication system that uses adaptive optics to mitigate atmospheric turbulence. Lasercom systems require accurate pointing capability to direct the narrow optical beam and compensate for platform vibration and jitter. In AOptix lasercom systems, adaptive optics (AO) techniques are employed to accomplish this as well as precorrect the transmitted beam to reduce atmospheric scintillation, another factor critical to successful system operation. In Phase I, a prototype unit enabled sustained operation of a 28 km link between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a remote mountain site. Phase II will miniaturize the optical system for aircraft compatibility. Smaller and faster adaptive optics components will be used to advance system capability. Demonstration of atmospheric transmission over long links will be included in the testing program.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Shelton
Senior Scientist
4085831146
cshelton@aoptix.com

Business Contact:

Steven Drenker
Director, Business Develo
4085831136
sdrenker@aoptix.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AOPTIX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
580 Division St. Campbell, CA 95008

EIN/Tax ID: 954789212
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No