Integrated Laser Beam Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,698.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9451-08-M-0046
Award Id:
86535
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-007-0607
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3357 Chasen Dr., Cameron Park, CA, 95682
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
619597995
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Barchers
Vice President
(303) 776-4301
jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Barchers
Vice President
(303) 776-4301
jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
As High Energy Laser (HEL) systems move closer to integration in operational systems, the importance of developing compact and rugged beam control system technology continues to increase. The conventional approach for integration of fine steering, beam clean-up and turbulence pre-compensation subsystems uses a stove-piped approach that leads to bulky, complex, and difficult to integrate systems. Nutronics, Inc. has developed the Integrate Laser Beam Control (ILBC) approach which includes two innovative approaches for integration of beam control functions with HEL systems that both offer potential for significant reductions in size, weight, power, and complexity. The two approaches, ILBC-A and ILBC-R, respectively, are optimized for use in a Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) configuration (ILBC-A) and an unstable resonator configuration (ILBC-R). The approaches are highly flexible and suitable for use with a wide range of sensing and control methods. The ILBC-A configuration offers a highly innovative approach that includes both a beam clean-up DM and turbulence compensation DM in low power beam paths with wavefront sensing accomplished on isolated beam paths to minimize dynamic range requirements.

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