Compact Laser Based ReEntry Plasma Diagnostics System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,989.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-12-M-1453
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-160-1151
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-160
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
15 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
Wayne Weimer
Senior Scientist
(781) 935-1200
wweimer@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Amanda Contardo
Contracts Administrator
(781) 935-1200
acontardo@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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