Adaptive Laser System for Space Control and Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-04-M-0071
Agency Tracking Number: F041-002-1822
Amount: $99,773.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-002
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
DUNS: 188465819
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Anatoliy Khizhnyak
 Senior Scientist
 (949) 553-0688
Business Contact
 Cecil Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Research Institution
Space control missions require a high angular brightness and minimal jitter laser beam on the target. These characteristics are difficult to achieve on a real beam path through turbulent atmospheric conditions. MetroLaser's proposal outlines an innovative approach in designing a laser system based on a combination of linear and non-linear optical phase conjugation mirrors. This concept enables correction of the wavefront of a high-energy laser, resulting in a high Strehl ratio of the beam and significant increase of the energy density on the target. During Phase I, we will perform a systematic analysis of the phase-conjugate mirror based laser, and proof-of-concept experiments to characterize key system parameters. The operational limits and constraints imposed by spatial aberrations on the beam path and the delivered energy requirements will be identified and the projected performance envelope estimated. A design trade-off analysis of the prototype architecture will be conducted in order to provide the optimal concept appropriate to a more detailed design and experiment definition study. During Phase II, we will extend the performance capabilities of the proposed laser system, design and build a breadboard for verifying and optimizing the predicted system performance, demonstrate and refine laboratory operation, and estimate the working envelope.

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