Optical Propagation Improvement System (OPIS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,955.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9451-07-C-0029
Award Id:
78794
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-006-1530
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
PO Box 6971, Chesterfield, MO, 63006
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126752018
Principal Investigator:
Alan Cain
President
(314) 373-3311
abcain@ITACLLC.com
Business Contact:
Alan Cain
President
(314) 373-3311
abcain@ITACLLC.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A system that provides a large field of regard for propagation of a laser beam from a transonic platform will be evaluated at larger scale and in greater detail (with more realistic and detailed geometry) than the successful Phase I demonstrations. Critical and practical issues identified in phase I will be addressed during the Phase II effort. The design includes a concept to address the fact that shocks do develop in transonic flow. A simple test in Phase I demonstrated the shock control capability. A second feature demonstrated in Phase I provided a simple and effective means of controlling optical aberrations and a successful method of adaptive-optic correction. In a preliminary Phase I evaluation of the basic concept, the mean intensity of the beam divided by that of a theoretically ideal propagating beam was increased from 0.22 to 0.61. The Phase II plan offers the opportunity to refine the successes of Phase I for both improved capability and closer fidelity to a real operational system.

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