Real-Time Adaptive Multi-Spot Laser Beam Steering System (RAMS-LBS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F19628-02-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number: 91-0124
Amount: $986,213.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107, Lafayette, CO, 80026
Duns: 602673188
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Robert Cohn
 Principal Investigator
 (502) 852-7077
 rwcohn@uofl.edu
Business Contact
 Mr.Mark Tanner
Title: Vice President
Phone: (303) 604-0077
Email: mtanner@bnonlinear.com
Research Institution
 University of Louisville
 Barbara Sells
 Research Foundation, Inc., Jouett Hall
Louisville, KY, 40208
 (502) 852-8367
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
"The goal of this Phase II STTR is to develop a portable multi-spot beam steering system and demonstrate it to potentially interested companies and agencies. The demonstration activities will serve to identify ways that the product can be applied, suggestways that the hardware and software comprising the system can be improved, and customize the product for specific military and biomedical applications including multi-target laser designation and tracking systems (specifically the DARPA STAB project), andmultiple trap laser tweezer systems (specifically in collaboration with the laser tweezer company Cell Robotics.) The development of this portable breadboard and its ability to be customized is critical to convincing system developers, engineers andinvestors in various business sectors of the feasibility of the system to their specific applications. Though during the Phase I STTR we did demonstrate the feasibility of real-time multi-spot beam steering through a variety of laboratory experiments,extensive hardware and software development is required during Phase II to permit potential customers to focus on evaluating the system for their specific applications. The Phase II breadboard will serve to expedite evaluation by interested parties andfurther it will help in the identification of many new ways that parallel and independently steered laser beams can be applied. Spot generation for directing light to disparate destinations is needed for dynamic optical interconnects. Controlling focalplane distance which is one of the proposed tasks could be useful for non-mechanically addressing multi-layer optical disks. Wave front correction, for astronomy as well as medical and industrial environments is another potential beneficiary of theproposed technology. Additional possible applications range from laser marking for large scale manufacturing to laser tweezers for bioresearch and medical testing."

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