Compact, Integrated Laser/ Telescope/ Detector for Wind Sensing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$68,204.00
Award Year:
1995
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
28056
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Lightwave Electronics Corp
1161 San Antonio Rd., Mountain View, CA, 94043
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Thomas Kane
 (415) 962-0755
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to build an eye-safe, diode-pumped, coherent laser radar receiver with the laser, the output telescope, the cooling system, the heterodyne detection system, and the associated electronics integrated into a single compact unit. We have experience with building large laboratory versions of transceiver systems. We now believe that it is possible to package the entire transceiver in a volume well below one cubic foot. The goal of the proposed Phase I project is the design of the compact opto-mechanical platform that would make this level of integration successful. Our goal is a platform which can withstand the environmental stresses of temperature, pressure, acceleration, vibration and shock expected in military aircraft. Our approach entails specifying each optic in the system, and then calculating how motion of that optic degrades the system signal. We will develop a model for how platforms are dimensionally distorted in response to environmental stresses. The distortion of a platform will be used to calculate the movement of optics and the system signal degradation. We will choose a platform design and build it to verify our calculations. During Phase II we propose to build a complete coherent laser radar transceiver with pulse energy in the 1-3 mJ range, based on the results of our Phase I studies.

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