Improved Analysis Techniques for Characterizing Jitter in Beam Control Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-09-M-0034
Agency Tracking Number: F083-002-1932
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-002
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
2021 Girard SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Washburn
 Senior Scientist
 (505) 245-9970
 washburn@mza.com
Business Contact
 Robert Praus II
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Email: praus@mza.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR will define test and analysis approaches to unambiguously identify cause/effect relationships for jitter in HEL beam control systems. In particular, from existing test data, we will seek to determine if jitter on target is due to sensor noise (If so, what sensor?), or acoustic inputs to the bench (if so, what are its characteristics?), or induced by structural vibrations (If so, what is their origin?). If additional test procedures are required, they will be recommended. To achieve the objective we will use a variety of conventional and advanced data analysis techniques. Conventional techniques include coherence analysis and modern estimation theory. Advanced techniques include sophisticated spectral analysis and blind source separation methods. BENEFIT: Successfully demonstrated techniques for jitter analysis in HEL beam control systems will garner wide scale acceptance and use in the laser community, since this effort addresses a serious perennial problem in the beam control community.  In particular, current beam control systems, e.g. ABL, HELLADS, OTHEELA, ATL, and ELLA, would all benefit in that better jitter analysis methods would lead to better jitter identification and mitigation which would directly contribute to better performance for HEL weapons.

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