HEL Analysis Tool with Experimentally Corroborated DPAL Rate Coefficients

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,971.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0277-13-C-7402
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B12B-008-0026
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-T008
Solicitation Number:
2012.B
Small Business Information
Creare Inc. (Currently CREARE LLC)
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Breedlove
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
jfb@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
Air Force Institute of Technology
Glen Perram
Building 460, Room 107
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 45433-
(937) 255-3636
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Diode-Pumped Alkali Laser Systems (DPALS) have great potential for missile defense and other applications. Proper design of these systems is challenging because many interrelated processes impact their performance and critical kinetic rate coefficients are not well known. In response, our team proposes to develop a comprehensive physics-based analysis/design tool, and determine key kinetic rate coefficients experimentally. The resulting product will be a user-friendly, high-fidelity, coupled Fluid-Thermal-Mechanical-Optical software package with accurate rate constants. MDA representatives and others will use this software to design laser systems, predict performance, conduct sensitivity analyses, and assess experimental results. This achievement will help advance high energy laser (HEL) systems for a variety of applications. Our team is well-suited to succeed because we have extensive experience with laser systems, atomic and laser kinetic experiments, and customized numerical analyses. During Phase I, we will develop critical analysis tools, determine key rate constants, and perform parametric sensitivity analyses. We will then develop a user-friendly, fully coupled, software package with a comprehensive set of experimentally-determined rate constants during Phase II.

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