Multi-Functional Laser Heat Source

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0172
Agency Tracking Number: N091-007-0136
Amount: $79,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-007
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Information Technologies, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, 90501
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kang-Bin Chua
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Director
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Navy need for a heat gun/soldering iron compatible with leaded and lead-free solders without risk of cross-contamination, and with all approved heat shrink and solder sleeves, for use in a Navy flightline maintenance environment, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new MultiFunctional Laser Heat Source (MFLaHS) based on a near-infrared laser diode, beam-shaping optics, laser driver electronics, and a rechargeable power source. The use of a laser ensures compatibility with all types of solder without risk of cross-contamination. The novel MFLaHS design is compact, lightweight, portable, stand-alone, and qualified for flight-line maintenance environments, with a long operating time. Its innovative beam-shaping optics provides optimal working distance with absolute safety for the surrounding materials and staff. These features directly address the PMA-261 and H-53 Helicopters requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of MFLaHS by developing and demonstrating a functional prototype of technology readiness level (TRL)-4. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a TRL-7 prototype and conduct testing to demonstrate the operation of MFLaHS technology in a relevant environment.

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