Intra-Cavity Optical Amplifier (ICOA)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-12-M-0357
Agency Tracking Number: F121-074-1399
Amount: $149,915.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-074
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
23 Mauchly #109, Irvine, CA, -
DUNS: 828239769
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anatoliy Khizhnyak
 Chief Scientist
 (949) 733-3355
 akhizhnyak@asatechinc.com
Business Contact
 Debra Hadley
Title: Dir. of Admin.&Finance
Phone: (949) 733-3355
Email: dhadley@asatechinc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: This proposal plans to develop an Intra-cavity Coherent Optical Amplifier (ICOA). The Wide Field of View (FOV) High Gain Coherent Optical Amplifier is a critical element of electro-optical systems for detecting the scattered light for coherent imaging of remote objects. A fully developed ICOA will expand the use of coherent imaging systems for acquisition, tracking, identification and characterization of distant objects. The system key will be in designing a multi-path imaging amplifier operating in conjunction with an optical phase conjugation. The proposed architecture of IACO will provide a high level of amplification (up to 150 dB) at a single path low gain. Use of this approach should resolve issues associated with intra-cavity wave front aberrations caused by thermal load on the gain medium and super-luminescence effects in a high-gain amplifier. The phase conjugation is applied to compensate residual wave front aberrations, typical for intra-cavity amplification schemes introduced by thermal load and other source perturbations. BENEFIT: The proposed system will allow use of an amplified optical beam of a complicated structure, in particular a transmitted image. System applications include military areas of high-power lasers and remote target acquisition and tracking with low-level illumination. Commercial applications are in areas of weak image signal detection for dynamical visualization processes, which do not have high levels of illumination, such as medicine and biology.

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