High-Efficiency, Frequency-Agile MWIR-LWIR Laser Source for DIAL

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-02-C-0112
Agency Tracking Number: 011NM-1726
Amount: $1,538,356.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Coherent Technologies, Inc.
655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 149375479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Carrig
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (303) 604-2000
 timc@ctilidar.com
Business Contact
 Sammy Henderson
Title: Ex. VP & Chief Tech Off.
Phone: (303) 604-2000
Email: sammy@ctilidar.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The proliferation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons among rogue nations and terrorist organizations necessitates that the US develop the means of detecting the development of these weapons before they can be deployed against US and alliedmilitary assets and civilian targets. The US government has demonstrated that Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) is one means of stand-off, covert, remote detection of chemical signatures characteristic of the development or use of these weapons.However, current DIAL transmitters lack the laser power and overall electrical efficiency needed for deployment onboard unmanned aerial vehicles or reconnaissance satellites. This program aims to demonstrate an innovative all solid-state laser transmittersuitable for incorporation into next-generation mobile DIAL sensors. A compact, high-efficiency, diode-pumped laser that pumps a single-stage optical parametric oscillator capable of simultaneous output in both the MWIR and LWIR spectral regions isproposed. The transmitter will be capable of electronically accessing any wavelength of interest and of scanning among wavelengths at a user adjustable rate. Phase I focuses on key technology demonstrations. In Phase II we will build and deliver afrequency-agile, 5 W output power transmitter."

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