Conformal Coherent Optical Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$149,998.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-12-M-1458
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-164-2131
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-164
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Freedom Photonics LLC
90 Arnold Place, Suite D, Santa Barbara, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
191741292
Principal Investigator
 Milan Mashanovitch
 Scientist
 (805) 277-3031
 mashan@freedomphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Milan Mashanovitch
Title: Manager
Phone: (805) 277-3031
Email: info@freedomphotonics.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: Currently, typical LIDAR (Laser RADAR) systems single-aperture is limited by the size and weight of the necessarily large optical aperture. During targeting the camera/imager is quickly extended and then retracted to minimize the time the LO of the aircraft is impacted. In a distributed aperture system, several receiver sub-apertures may be combined to form an effective single larger aperture, with a resolution determined by the size of the effective aperture rather than the sub-apertures. In this work, a highly integrated photonic circuit is proposed to realize a low SWAP distributed aperture system. BENEFIT: This work will significantly reduce the SWAP and allow for sensors that are conformal to an airframe. Coherent receivers have many commercial applications for high bandwidth telecom applications.

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