Compact Laser Based ReEntry Plasma Diagnostics System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1453
Agency Tracking Number: F121-160-1151
Amount: $149,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-160
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
15 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Weimer
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Amanda Contardo
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: In this program, we will build and test a compact, multifunctional laser based plasma optical analyzer to characterize the interaction between a laser and the plasma sheath that envelopes air vehicles during hypersonic air travel in the Earth"s atmosphere. The analyzer will quantify the effects of the plasma on the direction, phase, intensity, polarization and scattering of an incident laser beam. The plasma sheath will be simulated in the laboratory using a DC arcjet air plasma system. BENEFIT: The principal near term military application for a laser based plasma diagnostic optical analyzer is for hypersonic air travel development efforts endeavoring to solve the communications blackout problem. The optical analyzer developed in this program will improve our understanding of the effects air plasmas induce on laser beams thereby accelerating technical progress for a solution to the blackout problem. This analyzer, therefore, will reduce the time for hypersonic air travel to be realized.

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