High Efficiency Athermalized Gain Module

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7245
Agency Tracking Number: B083-002-0331
Amount: $1,249,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-002
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Murray
 Senior Principal Scientis
 (303) 651-6756
Business Contact
 Gregory Fetzer
Title: Director
Phone: (303) 651-6756
Email: gfetzer@arete.com
Research Institution
Range-Resolved Doppler Imaging (RRDI) ladar has been singled out as the most promising advanced discrimination technology to augment existing advanced seekers on board MDA missile interceptors. Efforts are underway to develop compact RRDI ladar seekers to test against objective decoys and targets. These programs face many technical challenges, and their success hinges on parallel developments in advanced compact, high-power, near diffraction limited coherent solid-state lasers. Areté Associates proposes a highly innovative monolithic amplifier configuration that eliminates major technical barriers associated with legacy approaches. This novel approach enables high average power scaling of the objective advanced discrimination ladar transmitter waveform in a compact and rugged package that is compatible with the requirements of the delivery platform. The proposed amplifier architecture elegantly solves traditional efficiency roadblocks by minimizing parasitic losses due to amplified spontaneous emission, excited state absorption, indirect optical pumping, and laser diode thermal management. The use of advanced ultra-transparent ceramic composite materials enables power scaling to objective average powers of 500 W without levying harsh penalties on the packaging weight and volume. Areté will develop a brass-board prototype Advanced Ladar Transmitter for integration and testing in Areté’s long-range Coded Aperture Ladar (CAL) system. This system will demonstrate high resolution range and velocity imaging of unresolved targets.

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