Wide Spectral Band Laser Threat Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,992.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-13-P-1169
Agency Tracking Number:
N13A-027-0104
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N13A-T027
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100651798
Principal Investigator:
Byron Zollars
Chief Scientist
(512) 389-9990
bzollars@nanohmics.com
Business Contact:
Michael Mayo
President
(512) 389-9990
mmayo@nanohmics.com
Research Institution:
University of Texas Austin
Gennady Shvets
Department of Physics
RLM 5.204
Austin, TX, 78712-
(512) 471-7371
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
US troops and equipment are increasingly at risk for irradiation by lasers, whether it be from enemy targeting and ranging systems, designators, or high-energy lasers as weapons themselves. Countering the threat requires detection of the incident laser radiation, the direction from which it is originating, and characterization of its wavelength and temporal profile. Nanohmics Inc., in partnership with Professor Gennady Shvets of the University of Texas at Austin, proposes to build, test, and demonstrate a high-performance wide spectral band, high dynamic range laser threat detector and characterization module with an instantaneous field-of-view that exceeds one hemisphere of solid angle. Based on Nanohmics'existing, proven, and patent-pending Argus visible/near-infrared threat sensor (Argus), the innovative Argus-EC (Extended Capability) architecture combines a sophisticated embedded processor with low-cost, novel, and lightweight optical system. The Argus-EC detectors are capable of accurately determining the angle-of-arrival of incident laser radiation, while characterizing the wavelength, spectral width, pulse format, and irradiance of the laser source. If vehicle position and attitude are supplied, Argus-EC can geolocate the laser source, and provide updated threat position information in real time.

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