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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,998.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1126
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-076-0570
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-076
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
2021 Girard Blvd. SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
794350025
Principal Investigator:
Donald Link
Senior Scientist
(561) 747-6881
dlink@mza.com
Business Contact:
Robert Praus
President
(505) 245-9970
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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