RANGE MEASUREMENT WITH A LASER DIODE PUMPED Q-SWITCHED SOLID STATE LASER

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4086
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Lightwave Electronics Corp
897-4a Independence Ave., Mt. View, CA, 94043
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Richard W. Wallace
(415) 962-0755
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROPOSAL IS TO STUDY AND DEVELOP LASER COMPONENTS WHICH COULD BE USED WITHIN A LASER SYSTEM FOR MEASURING THE RANGE AND RATE OF CHANGE IN RANGE (RANGE RATE) OF OBJECTS. THE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM WILL BE STUDIED AND RESEARCH WILL BE PERFORMED ON LASER-DIODE PUMPED QSWITCHED LASER OSCILLATORS AT 1.06 MICRONS BASED AROUND THE RESULTS OF THE SYSTEM EVALUATION. MINIATURE LASER DIODE PUMPED ND:YAG LASERS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN BUILT THAT ALLOW COHERENT DETECTION TO BE USED IN RANGE MEASUREMENT. THESE LASERS HAVE NOT BEEN Q-SWITCHED. QSWITCHED OPERATIONS GIVE SHORT PULSES OF LIGHT THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR VERY SIMPLE INCOHERENT RANGING SYSTEMS. THE PROPOSED RESEARCH WILL LEAD TO A HIGH REPETITION RATE Q-SWITCHED MINIATURE LASER THAT CAN BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A LASER AMPLIFIER OR DIRECTLY AS A SOURCE IN LASER MEASUREMENT OF RANGE AND RANGE RATE. THE INHERENT ADVANTAGES OF THIS TYPE OF OPTICAL SOURCE INCLUDE RUGGEDNESS, LONG LIFE, SMALL SIZE AND LOW COST. PHASE I WORK WILL BE DEVOTED TO EVALUATION AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM AND EVALUATION AND PRELIMINARY DESIGNS OF THE MINIATURE Q-SWITCHED LASER.

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