Miniature Monolithic Transmitter for Laser Rangefinding

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH01-02-C-R007
Agency Tracking Number: A002-2828
Amount: $728,963.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 149375479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Iain McKinnie
 Senior Research Scientist
 (303) 604-2000
Business Contact
 Sammy Henderson
Title: Vice President and CTO
Phone: (303) 604-2000
Research Institution
"Pulsed laser rangefinders/illuminators provide critical sensor data for military and civilian inhabited/uninhabited vehicle guidance as well as reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. However, the laser source must be eyesafe, robust,low-cost, low-mass, and compact as well as possess short coherence length and high beam quality. Currently fielded laser rangefinders tend to be undesirably bulky, heavy and costly with misalignment-prone discrete laser components. Moreover, they may noteasily scale to higher average or peak powers required for active imaging. The Army Night Vision Laboratory has addressed these issues by developing a robust "monoblock" laser-OPO transmitter. To augment the monoblock, CTI executed Phase 1 demonstrationsof key technical extensions that retain its ruggedness, size, and power scalability while providing: (a) lower cost, (b) increased misalignment tolerance, (c) reduced sensitivity to temperature and thermal loading for power-scaling, (d) neardiffraction-limited beam quality, and (e) shorter temporal pulses (1-2ns) for increased rangefinder accuracy and compatibility with 3-D active imaging. Phase II will deliver two prototype transmitters, one diode and one flashlamp-pumped, each beingcompatible with illuminator and rangefinder requirements. The diode-pumped unit will be shock hardened for small armaments. The program leverages CTI's expertise in developing eyesafe wavelength lasers for

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