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Solid State Raman Image Amplifier

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35906
Amount: $59,299.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2010 N. Forbes Blvd., Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85745
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William L. Austin
 (520) 798-0653
Business Contact
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Research Institution

This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project will focus on the development of a compact, rugged, low-maintenance, cost-effective, all Solid-State Raman Image Amplifier (SSRIA) capable of amplifying low-level LIDAR images and producing gated images with potential gate times of less than a nanosecond. The innovative technology to be implemented is based on a solid-state stimulated Raman scattering technique developed by our team. This proposal describes the unique features of this new solid-state technique for producing gated images and we will show how this technique can be applied to produce a new active sensor which can be used for target detection, tracking, recognition, and identification. The SSRIA has the potential of producing high-resolution, high gain images of target scenes through smoke and clouds with range resolution of less than a foot. The SSRIA can be seen as a low-cost alternative to microchannel plate image intensifiers and streak tubes which require complicated, bulky, and expensive high voltage electronics modules for operation. The SSRIA has the potential to be a better, simpler, cost-effective replacement for present day image intensifiers and streak tubes, especially in the infrared where photocathode based intensifiers suffer from poor quantum efficiency. SSRIA has the potential for a host of commercial applications such as surveillance and collision avoidance.

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