PHOTON-GUN DEMONSTRATOR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12647
Amount: $49,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7800 Smoke Rise Rd Se, Huntsville, AL, 35802
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David W Howgate
 (205) 881-7850
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Research Institution
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Abstract
WE PROPOSE IN PHASE I TO DEMONSTRATE, USING AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES, THE FEASIBILITY OF A "PHOTON-GUN" DEMONSTRATOR CONCEPT THAT COMBINES THE INDUCED-DIPOLE STORAGE LASER CONCEPT PIONEERED BY THE SOVIETS IN THE EARLY 1970'S WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART TRAVELING WAVE (OR LASER) INDUCED PULSE EXTRACTION AND THE TRADITIONAL HARDWARE DESIGN STRUCTURE OF AN IDENTIFIABLE PROJECTILE/CARTRIDGE/LAUNCHER ASSEMBLY OR SYSTEM. ON THE BASIS OF PHASE I INPUT, WE PROPOSE DURING PHASE II TO DEMONSTRATE THIS CONCEPT FIRST WITH AN ABBREVIATED GAIN SECTION AND FINALLY WITH A COMPLETE PROTOTYPE SCALED FOR KILOJOULE PULSE OUTPUT USING MOLECULAR HYDROGEN AS THE HOST MEDIUM. THE PROPOSED EFFORT IS THE CULMINATION OF OVER TWENTY YEARS OF PREPARATORY STUDIES AND BREAKTHROUGHS PIONEERED BY THE OFFERORS IN DIPOLE-INDUCTION, LOW DIPOLE MOMENT LASERS, SWEPT-GAIN SUPERRADIANCE, LASER SYSTEM DESIGN AND OPERATION, KINETICS AND OPTICS MODELING, AND MATTER/FIELD THEORY. WE FEEL A VARIETY OF POTENTIAL DOD APPLICATIONS ARE FORTHCOMING FROM SINGLE PULSE/EXPENDABLE CARTRIDGE/MEGAJOULE OPTIONS TO MULTIPLE PULSE REUSEABLE CARTRIDGE DESIGN. THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO ENCOMPASS A SPECTRUM OF PHOTON ENERGIE THROUGH THE INTERROGATION OF SELECTED METASTABLE-TYPE HOST-MEDIUM CANDIDATES AND THE USE OF FREQUENCY CONVERSTION TECHNIQUESSUCH AS RAMAN ANTISTOKES SCATTERING.

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