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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-M-0183
Agency Tracking Number: N022-0459
Amount: $69,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12777 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA, 92130
DUNS: 128206260
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Maurice Pessot
 Chief Technical Officer
 (858) 755-8855
Business Contact
 Susan Rodgers
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (858) 755-8855
Research Institution
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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