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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20086
Agency Tracking Number: 09ST2-0015
Amount: $98,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST092-003
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-02-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-08-30
Small Business Information
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003
United States
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Strand
 Principal Research Scientist
 (805) 642-4645
Business Contact
 Jonathan Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Research Institution
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
 Kent Choquette
3108 Micro and Nanotech Lab 208 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

 (217) 265-0563
 Nonprofit College or University

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, Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) results to develop a stable polarization switched VCSEL source. The proposed effort will apply this device to a bread board coherent Ladar system demonstration in Phase I and a full-scanning Ladar system in Phase II. The application of this device will enable dynamic and rapid polarization diverse measurements to detect and discriminate defilade targets. The proposed approach addresses the historical inadequacies associated with stability and modulation speed of polarization controlled laser diodes. Additional applications for optical communications and other methods of remote sensing will also be investigated. Phase I will achieve TRL 3-4 and Phase II TRL level 6.

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