Development of Advanced Beam-Steering for Laser IRCM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00421-03-C-0022
Award Id:
64516
Agency Tracking Number:
N012-0672
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
461 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA, 01983
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
038336723
Principal Investigator:
Michael Hercher
Chief Technical Officer
(978) 887-6600
mhercher@optra.com
Business Contact:
James Engel
President
(978) 887-6600
jengel@optra.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose the development of a compact laser beam steeringsystem that is specifically designed to meet the Navy's IRCMrequirements. Key features of the beam-steering system willinclude low sensitivity to vibration, the ability tosimultaneously direct beams of different wavelength in thesame direction, large angular coverage (>60¿ half-coneangle), and the ability to use the beam-steering opticalsystem for viewing a target missile with an imaging system.The designs under consideration include a simple Risleyprism pair, an achromatic Risley prism pair, and a novelFresnel mirror or prism design that eliminates chromaticaberration entirely. Combined with this wide anglebeam-steering system is a high-speed, small-angle transducerdesigned to be able to follow vibration and target jitter,and to address the nadir problem. We will be in closecontact with the Technical Monitor throughout the programand final design will be optimized to meet the Navy's latestrequirements. The near-term applications of this technology will beprimarily for use in aircraft and ship borne IRCM systems.Subsequent applications may include compact IR surveillancesystems and industrial applications for monitoring chemicaland/or thermal processes.

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