MIDIR LASER

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$49,943.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
6052
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Laser Power Optics
12777 High Bluff Dr, San Diego, CA, 92130
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DR DOUGLAS TANIMOTO
(619) 755-0700
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ADVANCES IN SENSOR TECHNOLOGY HAVE LED TO A PROLIFERATION OF ELECTROOPTICAL SYSTEMS OPERATING IN THE MID-INFRARED (3 TO 5 MICRONS). EXAMPLES ARE SEARCH AND TRACK SETS, MISSILE SEEKERS, LASER DESIGNATORS, AND HIGH ENERGY LASERS. TO COUNTER ENEMY USE OF SUCH SYSTEMS, JAMMING AND COLLECTION SYSTEMS WHICH EMPLOY LASERS OF MODEST POWER OPERATING WITHIN THE SPECTRAL PASS-BAND OF THE THREAT WOULD BE DESIRABLE. A MODULATABLE, WAVELENGTH AGILE, COMPACT, MID-INFRARED LASER OF MODEST AVERAGE OUTPUT POWERS COULD BE EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE FOR INFRARED COUNTERMEASURES AND OPTINT COLLECTIONS APPLICATIONS. A PULSED DEUTERIUM FLUORIDE (DF) CHEMICAL LASER EMPLOYING A UNIQUE ELECTRIC DISCHARGE GAIN GENERATOR CONFIGURATION PROMISES SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN EFFICIENCY, COMPACTNESS, AND RELIABILITY. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WILL EXAMINE OPTIMUM RESONATOR CONFIGURATIONS FOR THIS UNCONVENTIONAL GAIN GENERATOR INCLUDING THE VIABILITY OF DIAMOND TURNED ASPHERIC OPTICS. IN ADDITION, THE FEASIBILITY OF DESIGNING AND FABRICATING SHARP CUT-OFF THIN FILM COATINGS, NARROWBAND SPIKE FILTERS, AND MAXIMUM REFLECTORS TO PREFERENTIALLY SELECT DESIRED OUTPUT LINES OF THE DF LASER WILL BE EXPLORED.

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