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An Advanced Sensor For Field Characterization of Operational Laser Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36443
Amount: $100,000.00
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
15100 Central Ave SE, Suite C
Albuquerque, NM 87123
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Daniel R. Neal
 (505) 275-4747
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To field characterize laser systems the laser power, beam divergence, intensity profile and spot size of the laser must be measured with a robust, vibration insensitive system. While some of these parameters can be obtained using conventional components, beam divergence is difficult to measure because of the complexity and vibration sensitivity of typical interferometry based elements. We propose to develop a unique laser parameters sensor based on an extension of WaveFront Sciences' Complete Light Analysis System, which measures near field intensity and phase distributions of the laser beam. The required beam divergence, power, and other parameters are readily obtained through analysis of this data. For other elements such as the laser pulse time-dependence, additional components additional components will be integrated into a single lighweight package that can be controlled from a laptop computer.

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