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Compact, Short-Pulse, SWIR Laser (1.5 micron) for Two- and Three-Dimensional…

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Department of Defense
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2005 / SBIR
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Arete Associates
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 703 Arlington, VA 22202-4139
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Compact, Short-Pulse, SWIR Laser (1.5 micron) for Two- and Three-Dimensional Flash Imaging Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-06-C-S201
Award Amount: $69,999.00


A key near-term objective of the Mission Equipment Packages (MEP) for Class II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program is to develop ultra-compact eyesafe 3D ladar and active 2D sensors for deployment on organic unmanned aerial vehicles. This will enable beyond-line-of-sight reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) in areas shadowed by terrain features. New affordable solid state eyesafe (1.5 micron) lasers capable of generating the specified energy (20 mJ), pulse width (1-2 ns), pulse repetition frequency (50Hz), and package size (< 50 cubic inches) are required for these sensors. Lasers capable of meeting all of these requirements in a robust and reliable compact package do not currently exist. Traditional military laser packages rely on a stiff optical bench to provide the mechanical stability necessary to maintain laser cavity alignment in harsh environmental conditions. This strategy lacks modularity and is difficult to scale due to restrictions arising from conflicts between the optical layout, thermal and mechanical interfaces, and support electronics. Aret¿ Associates' laser systems group has developed an innovative packaging strategy that circumvents these difficulties. Aret¿ Associates proposes a new and innovative short-pulse eyesafe laser configuration based on our proprietary packaging approach that will meet the MEP laser objectives.

Principal Investigator:

James T. Murray
Corporate Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

David Kane
VP Optical Engineering Division
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P.O. Box 6024 Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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