MW Class Near Infrared Optics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-04-C-4171
Award Id:
70114
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-101-0060
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive - Suite 236, St. Charles, MO, 63304
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
George Dube
Principal Investigator
(636) 447-9555
gdube@metastableinstruments.com
Business Contact:
Roland Juhala
Vice President
(636) 447-9555
rjuhala@metastableinstruments.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Aiming laser weapons accurately is a difficult task that is made even more difficult if the laser windows and other components steer or distort the beam during thermal transients caused by the laser beam or other sources. Athermal components maintain the direction and wavefront quality of beams even in the presence of temperature gradients. Existing athermal materials do not have the high laser damage threshold and very low absorption of laser light required for future laser weapons. This project will demonstrate the creation of athermal windows and mirrors by combining existing near infrared high power laser component materials (such as fused silica) with other readily available materials (such as calcium fluoride or barium fluoride) that have negative dn/dT coefficients. The combiantion can be made athermal even though each component generally absorbs a different fraction of the laser beam and is heated to a different temperature.

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