Wide Spectral Band Laser Threat Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1169
Agency Tracking Number: N13A-027-0104
Amount: $79,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N13A-T027
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Byron Zollars
 Chief Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
 bzollars@nanohmics.com
Business Contact
 Michael Mayo
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Email: 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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