Direct Detection Ladar Pulse Processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-12-M-0247
Agency Tracking Number: F121-108-0744
Amount: $149,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-108
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
DSPlogic, Inc.
20271 Goldenrod Lane, Suite 2008, Germantown, MD, -
DUNS: 008171329
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Babst
 (301) 977-5970
Business Contact
 Michael Babst
Title: President
Phone: (301) 977-5970
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Direct Detection LADAR technology is a utilized in a wide range of critical government and commercial applications including 3-D imaging, aerial mapping, weapons seekers, ISR, EW and navigation systems, atmospheric study, and ground transportation. The precision of range and intensity measurements made LADAR systems is limited by the non-ideal characteristics of lasers, detectors, amplifiers, optics, and power supplies. Manufacturing and calibrating these analog components for consistent, accurate performance is a difficult and expensive task. A more cost effective and robust solution may be to develop more sophisticated DSP algorithms to compensate for non-ideal component behavior, component variations, and time-varying behavior. The need to detect objects with a wide range of reflectivity and dispersion characteristics also requires a very wide dynamic range. Recent advances in ADC conversion technology allow DSP algorithms to directly process linear direct detection waveforms with pulse widths on the order of nanoseconds. Direct access to the pulse waveform allows DSP algorithms to perform more accurate parameter estimation as well as compensate for the non-ideal characteristics of lasers, detectors, and optical components. BENEFIT: Anticipated benefits include: Improved 3-D LADAR imaging capability and improved pulse measurement accuracy. Potential commercial applications include: 3-D imaging, ground vehicle navigation, atmospheric sensing, law enforcement, aerial imaging

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