Waveguide Based Laser Beamsteerers: A Simple, Low Cost and Low SWaP Solution to a Long-Standing Problem

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$735,995.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-13-C-4063
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-039-1602
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-039
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics
4865 E. 41st Ave, Denver, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
11-269-71
Principal Investigator:
Scott Davis
VP Technology
(303) 296-6766
davis@vescent.com
Business Contact:
Scott Rommel
VP Operation
(303) 296-6766
rommel@vescent.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Vescent Photonics proposes to develop new electro-optic (non-mechanical) laser scanners with unprecedented cost and Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP), thereby enabling use on a variety of previously inaccessible platforms (e.g., soldier mounted, UAV/MAV, UGV, micromunitions, and more). The Vescent EO scanner provides previously unrealizable performance such as sub-millisecond scanning, high resolution (sub microradian) refractive scanning, full 2-D operation with only three control electrodes, and a remarkably wide field of view (270 degrees demonstrated). The focus of this SBIR program is to mature and transition this EO scanner technology for a wide array of Navy and DoD needs. Specific goals include the development of new manufacturing processes that reliably produce high throughput (>80%), low beam distortion (M2<1.5), low cost, wide-angle (>50 x 15 degrees), and low SWaP scanners. In phase I we xperimentally validated new manufacturing processes for high yield production of devices with the required performance attributes. In phase II we will increase the TRL and demonstrate EO scanner operation in a relevant military environment.

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