Attribution and Retaliation - Random-Access Multi-Beam Oscillator (RAMBO)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,996.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-03-M-0183
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-0459
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
PHOTERA TECHNOLOGIES
12777 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA, 92130
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128206260
Principal Investigator:
Maurice Pessot
Chief Technical Officer
(858) 755-8855
mpessot@photera.com
Business Contact:
Susan Rodgers
Business Manager
(858) 755-8855
srodgers@photera.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Precision optical sensing of short-dwell-time targets - The past several decades have witnessed steady increases both in the number and the variety of optical sensors employed in guided weapons. As laser sources have become more efficient andcost-effective, this range of sensors has extended to target discrimination, over-the-horizon terminal guidance, terrain avoidance, Doppler imaging LADAR, and proximity fusing. This has created a growing demand for lasers with outputs which can be steeredwithin an extensive field. Responding to this need, we propose to develop a compact low-cost laser; the output of which can be switched internally so as to emerge from one of several exit ports in a random-access fashion. Electro-optic port-to-portswitching occurs internal to the resonator; thereby eliminating the alignment and crosstalk issues which arise with separate source and switch configurations. Further features of the source include its high pulse rate and its ability to providerandom-access switching in a time which is less than its interpulse period. Proof-of-concept experiments have separately demonstrated the accommodation of several tens of ports and the generation of 30-ns pulses at a pulse rate of 20 kHZ and an averagepower of several watts. The technology represented by the development of the RAMBO concept has direct application to a wide variety of commercial fields; prominent amongst which are precision machining, LADAR, telecommunications, and laser printing, toname but a few.

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