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Compact, Rugged, and Low-Cost Wavelength-Versatile Burst Laser

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0228
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-009-0011
Amount: $99,934.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T009
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-08-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
17540 Cumana Terrace
San Diego, CA -
United States
DUNS: 963401737
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Harry Rieger
 (858) 674-5644
Business Contact
 Harry Rieger
Title: Owner
Phone: (858) 674-5644
Research Institution
 University of Vermont
 Dryver R Huston
201E Votey
Burlington, VT 05405-0156
United States

 (802) 656-1922
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Very compact, robust, and low cost multi wavelengths burst lasers for standoff CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) detection and identification are proposed. Although a single focused laser pulse on target can do the detection, the probability of hitting the right contaminated spot is low. Therefore, scanning a laser pulse train will cover a larger suspected contaminated area and, hence, most likely will detect the suspected agent. Operating the laser in a burst mode will enable the laser system to simplify dramatically in comparison to a laser that operates continuously at high repetition rate. Diode pumped solid state lasers without any cooling are best suited for this mission. Commercial missions such as the one under development by the University of Vermont for launching laser produced acoustic waves into structures like bridges and roads to detect structural defects can greatly benefit from this burst laser development.

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