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Volume Holographic Gratings for Improved Beam Splitting in Multi-Spectral Passive Anti-Submarine Warfare System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0282
Agency Tracking Number: N061-013-0102
Amount: $149,086.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-013
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-05-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-11-05
Small Business Information
4 Tanglewood Dr.
Langhorne, PA 19047
United States
DUNS: 101086825
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Billmers
 Chief Techonology Officer
 (610) 499-7529
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Billmers
Title: President
Phone: (610) 499-7529
Research Institution

RL Associates, Inc. proposes to conduct a feasibility study leading to the development of a volume holographic 12-channel beam splitter for use in the Navy’s multi-spectral electro-optic passive antisubmarine warfare (ASW) system (EPAS). By optimizing beam splitting using a single volume holographic element with spatially or volumetrically multiplexed gratings, the size and weight of collection optics for this system can be greatly reduced. The design of these high-efficiency holographic gratings can be tailored to the desired acceptance angle, spectral range, and number of channels required for a variety of multi-spectral systems.BENEFITS: This single-element multi-channel beam splitter can be used to decrease bulk and improve efficiency of many multi-spectral DOD systems. Potential avenues for technology transfer to the fleet include NAVAIR's Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) Program Office (PMA-290), NAVAIR's Air ASW Systems Program Office (PMA-264), and the Missile Defense Agency, for multi-spectral missile guidance systems. Commercial applications include dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), a technique for fiber-optic data transfer, and state-of-the-art biometrics such as multi-spectral fingerprint imaging.

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