Laser Beam Steering with SIMOX Waveguide

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$50,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
1992
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
18052
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Spire Corp.
One Patriots Park, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 H. Paul Maruska, Phd
 (617) 275-6000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The ability to rapidly and randomly steer a laser beam is critical to the success of free-space satellite-based laser radar systems for missile defense and target tracking. By extending SIMOX waveguide technology, Spire will demonstrate multi-dimensional, all-electronic laser beam steering. Parallel arrays of electronically phase-modulated waveguide structures will be fabricated, configured to spatially dissect an incident coherent planar waveform, and used to rotate the output light beam through constructive interference effects in the field. A two-dimensional array of phase-control channels would allow scanning the beam over the entire image plane. Initial efforts will focus on fabrication and test of a two channel, vertically situated set of waveguides featuring two buried SiO2 layers. Integration of two sets of guides into a two dimensional structure will allow rapid agile steering.

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