Dynamically Tunable, High Power Electro-Optic Microchip Laser Development for Hybrid LIDAR-RADAR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG6002P0075
Agency Tracking Number: 022-0783
Amount: $69,939.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 853, Moorestown, NJ, 08057
DUNS: 010681380
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Jones
 Senior Memeber of Technic
 (856) 235-6781
Business Contact
 Lee Anne Fischl
Title: Vice President
Phone: (856) 235-6781
Email: lfischl@fhasa.com
Research Institution
"Detection and tracking of missiles in the boost and midcourse phase through clouds, and the discrimination between missiles and decoys is crucial to our nation's missile defense system. The goal of the proposed program is to develop a dynamically tunable,high power, electro-optic microchip laser that will enable a more sensitive detection method, a hybrid LIDAR-RADAR. This technique combines the most advantageous features of RADAR and LADAR by impressing a millimeter-wave modulation (RADAR) on an opticalcarrier (LIDAR). In a conventional LIDAR system the intense scattering from the surrounding environment (clutter) prevents the use of coherent optical detection schemes and masks the image. The modulation on the light in LIDAR-RADAR allows for moresensitive and coherent detection of the microwave envelope (RADAR). This method has proven successful in underwater optical imaging systems. This project will show that the same advantages may be applied to atmospheric LADAR and will develop a dynamicallytunable, high power, electro-optic microchip laser for the implementation of a hybrid LIDAR-RADAR system, which is the central focus of this effort. The viability of the approach and the electro-optic microchip laser has been demonstrated throughpreliminary experimentation. The expected performance of this hybrid LIDAR-RADAR far exceeds currently available LADAR. The devices we propose will be of unique benefit to our nation's missile defen

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