Fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency LADAR Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0404
Agency Tracking Number: N062-155-0235
Amount: $445,655.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-155
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
20600 Gramercy Place, Suite 203, Torrance, CA, 90501
DUNS: 612439146
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Evgeni Poliakov
 Research Scientist
 (310) 320-1066
Business Contact
 Engin Arik
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (310) 320-1066
Research Institution
In response to the U.S. Navy need for highly efficient mid wave infrared (MWIR) detection for LADAR missile seeker applications, Luminit proposes to develop a novel fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency (MIRSF) broadband passive imager/LADAR sensor. This MIRSF LADAR imager/sensor is based on sum frequency generation (SFG) in periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN), in which the MWIR signals are frequency up-converted to the visible and detected by silicon sensors, eliminating the need for cryogenically-cooled HgCdTe focal-plane arrays (FPA). In Phase I, Luminit experimentally demonstrated frequency up-conversion of a 3.64 micron MWIR signal to 772 nm in a PPLN crystal using a 980 nm pump diode laser and successfully detected the 772 nm SFG signal using a low cost silicon photodiode detector. In Phase II, Luminit will optimize the SFG efficiency, broaden the MWIR coverage to the entire 3 to 5 micron band, enhance the detection sensitivity, develop a fully-functioning prototype MIRSF imager, and demonstrate the detection of real-time broadband MWIR images of distant targets using highly sensitive non-cryogenically-cooled silicon sensors.

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