Deep Turbulence Compensation: Adaptive Tactical Laser System (ATLAS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,948.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-12-C-0139
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-024-0669
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-024
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
4665 Nautilus Ct. S. STE 500, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
619597995
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Barchers
President
(303) 530-2002
jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Barchers
President
(303) 530-2002
jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Nutronics, Inc. proposes a solution to the problem of compensation in the Deep Turbulence regime and the related paradox that plagues the Directed Energy community: For nearly all military applications with noncooperative targets, if the turbulence is so severe that AO is needed, then the current state of the art in AO is no longer effective for turbulence correction. Our proposed solution, the Adaptive Tactical Laser System (ATLAS) has been proven in both laboratory and simulation base evaluation to provide an effective solution to the Deep Turbulence problem. ATLAS is a system solution, and not simply a sensing solution, that provides the ability to accurately measure the desired complex field and inherently isolates phase aberrations due to turbulence from phase aberrations due to laser speckle ensuring maximum power density at the target. Nutronics, Inc. proposes to utilize wave optical simulation and laboratory testing to develop a performance envelope for ATLAS for Navy applications. Through this process, Nutonics, Inc. will also develop an understanding of alternate means to reach Deep Turbulence conditions, such as a non-zero inner scale or thermal blooming effects.

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