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Daytime Marker

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H9240519C0008
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0451
Amount: $1,007,640.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM173-001
Solicitation Number: 2017.3
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-22
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 080457660
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robin Huang
 (978) 224-5488
 robinhuang@forwardphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Robin Huang
Phone: (978) 224-5488
Email: robinhuang@forwardphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
There exists a challenge in observing laser designated targets in full daylight conditions for currently fielded near-infrared (NIR) laser designators. The visibility difficulty arises primarily from the significant background signal produced by the sun, which closely mimics the spectral signature of a blackbody . By extending the wavelength region in which laser designators/markers operate into the MWIR, the daytime visibility can be significantly improved.Forward Photonics proposes to build a multi-band NIR/MWIR laser designator to address this need. Our technical solution is based on our revolutionary MWIR lasers based on Wavelength Beam Combination of Quantum Cascade Lasers. Forward Photonics has produced the highest power, nearly diffraction limited QCL lasers with over 25 W of continuous wave (CW) power in the MWIR . Forward Photonics in the near future will be expand its record MWIR QCL power to 50 W. These laser modules have a single polarization and thus can be combined easily to double the power, for a total of 100 W MWIR power. These power and brightness levels are 10x to 100x higher than the state-of-the-art.

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