Compact Monolithic Waveguide LADAR Munitions Seeker

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F08630-01-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: 011MN-2007
Amount: $97,803.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
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
 Wayne Pelouch
 Senior Laser Physicist
 (303) 604-2000
Business Contact
 Sammy Henderson
Title: Exec. V.P & C.T.O.
Phone: (303) 604-2000
Research Institution
The goal for the next-generation laser transmitter for high-energy single-pulse LADAR seekers is to reduce size, cost, weight, and complexity, while increasing robustness and operational lifetime. Current laser transmitters (1) contain numerous free-spaceoptical components that limits the robustness and (2) are limited by thermal problems such as heat removal and temperature control. Coherent Technologies, Inc. (CTI) proposes to develop a novel compact monolithic eyesafe Er-doped 1.6-micron laser that canbe assembled with permanent optical alignment. The transmitter architecture is based on a novel waveguide laser design that has significant advantages over bulk laser designs. Key transmitter features are (1) compact high-efficiency laser diode pumpingwith simple and low cost coupling optics, (2) unique design of the Er-doped laser transmitter results in excellent thermal management for a longer operational lifetime, and (3) intrinsic laser material properties allow operation over wide ambienttemperature range. The transmitter is capable of >100 mJ output energy in a <5 ns pulsewidth, with a final cost estimate (in quantity) of less than $2000 per transmitter. CTI's proven ability to design and engineer rugged and compact laser ranging systemsfor demanding environments will ensure a successful overall development program.Anticipated applications include (1) Laser seeker transmitters for multiple platforms, (2) Low cost transmitters for other eyesafe laser remote sensing applications, (3) Laser sources for commercial markets such as materials processing, medical, andinstrumentation.

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