Advanced Adaptive Optics (AO) for Laser Weapons in Heavy Turbulence

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,998.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1126
Solitcitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-076-0570
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-076
Small Business Information
MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard Blvd. SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
794350025
Principal Investigator
 Donald Link
 Senior Scientist
 (561) 747-6881
 dlink@mza.com
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Email: robert.praus@mza.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Adaptive optics are needed for high-energy laser (HEL) weapon systems when performance is limited by atmospheric turbulence. This typically requires adding an illuminator laser to produce a beacon by reflection from the target surface. Since a small spot is needed, the laser must be projected from the main aperture, complicating the optical design. With this type of beacon, performance is often degraded by speckle, spot size, and branch cuts. The mid-wave infrared (MWIR) thermal emissions from the spot heated by the HEL can also be used as the beacon. This beacon would not be affected by speckle and would have fewer or no branch cuts. We propose using finite element analysis, scaling law and wave-optics modeling, to do a detailed study of this concept.

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