Laser Beacon for Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) and Combat Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0228
Agency Tracking Number: F093-100-2552
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-100
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Diffraction, Ltd
186 Mad River Park, Waitsfield, VT, 05673
DUNS: 795156629
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marc Hammond
 Senior Optical Engineer
 (802) 496-6640
Business Contact
 Bob Kogut
Title: General Manager
Phone: (802) 496-6640
Research Institution
The proposed multi-spectral IFF beacon will use 40 to 50 % effient high power laser diodes at 863, 1064, and 1550 nm wavelengths. Thermal emitters including diamond-like carbon thin films, photonic crystals, and quantum cascade lasers will be characterized and compared. Finally a model to predict the detection range of IFF beacons will be developed using proprietary emitter power and atmospheric tranmission models coupled with various Night Vision & Electronic Systems Directorate range performance models. BENEFIT: High power, high efficiency, compact, multi-spectral beacons will greatly enhance the safety of joint tactical air controllers and other operators on the ground.

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