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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,987.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N10PC20086
Agency Tracking Number:
09ST2-0015
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
ST092-003
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Timothy Strand
Principal Research Scientist
(805) 642-4645
tstrand@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jonathan Geske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
Kent Choquette
3108 Micro and Nanotech Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL, 61801
(217) 265-0563
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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