Compact, High Intensity, Low Cost, Free Standing Illumination Sources

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91CRB-11-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number: A102-078-0467
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-078
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
1 Electronics Dr, Mercerville, NJ, -
DUNS: 602750358
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jean Seurin
 Director - Device, R&D
 (609) 584-9696
 JSeurin@princetonoptronics.com
Business Contact
 Narayan Bhatta
Title: Controller
Phone: (609) 584-9696
Email: nbhatta@princetonoptronics.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The Army needs high power light sources for high speed photography. The cameras with frame rates of million frames/sec or higher frame rates are increasingly being used for recording of fast events such as impact of a projectile on Army platforms such as tanks and APCs or IED blasts. To image fast events from a distance of 50 to 100 meters, or inside an MRAP vehicle, high power illumination sources are needed. This is because of the fact that with higher frame rates the number of available photons decreases proportionately. For example, the number of available photons per pixel per frame for million frames per second will be approximately 33,000 times lower than 30 frames per second rate. For using the high speed cameras, Army needs an illumination intensity of 300,000 lumens for a duration of at least 30 seconds from a small source of 6x6x6"size including the batteries. Princeton Optronics proposes to use VCSELs (vertical cavity surface emitting laser), which is a new type of high power diode laser, to develop the high power illuminator for the Army. VCSEL technology has a number of advantages over LEDs and edge emitting diode lasers for the illumination applications. In phase I, we would do a study the problem which will result in development of a design for the illuminator which can be implemented in phase II.

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