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High power Ultra-violet laser beacon

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-23-P-A013
Agency Tracking Number: F22A-T001-0048
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF22A-T001
Solicitation Number: 22.A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-12-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-09-29
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Vladyslav Ivanov
 (781) 271-1838
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida - Office of Research
 Elena Chidester
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501
Orlando, FL 32826-3246
United States

 (407) 823-3778
 Nonprofit College or University

The US Space Force seeks to enhance the coverage of the nation’s Space Surveillance Network with smaller, perhaps mobile, optical telescopes.  It seeks to do so by developing key components for these smaller telescopes that will preserve operational performance.  Although atmospheric turbulence can limit the performance of ground-based telescopes, laser beacons are an established technique to overcome the adverse effects of turbulence. There is a demonstrated need for a UV Rayleigh laser beacon for military purposes that will enable the desired performance for a compact optical telescope. Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) in collaboration with UCF CREOL, will design and develop an innovative, low SWaP, high-pulse energy, high-average power UV Rayleigh beacon. The proposed laser beacon is based on a solid state Yb-doped YAG high-power laser with consequent 3rd harmonic generation using non-linear optics. The laser will provide a high-quality beam with pulse energies of 50 mJ and a repetition rate of 2.5 kHz while having low SWaP suitable for military operations.

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