Complex Field Sensing and Control with Fiber-Array-Based Collett-Wolf Beacon for Navy Tactical HEL Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,214.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68936-13-C-0097
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-024-0426
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-024
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
711 E Monument Ave Ste 101, Dayton, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
962006594
Principal Investigator:
Tom Tumolillo
CEO
(505) 238-1166
tom@optonicus.com
Business Contact:
Robert Markovich
CFO
(415) 341-5940
rob@optonicus.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To address the Navy need for a new, high-energy laser (HEL) sensor system that will simultaneously measure the phase and intensity distributions under the extreme atmospheric turbulence conditions that are common for Navy aircraft and ship-based offensive and defensive applications; Optonicus proposes the development of a Mission-Oriented Reconfigurable Speckle-Average Phase Retrieval (MOR-SAPR) wavefront sensor system utilizing the Collett-Wolf (C-W) beacon target illuminator approach based on the fast scanning of the combined beam of a coherent fiber-array laser transmitter. The MOR-SAPR wavefront senor can be reconfigured on the fly in a fraction of a second and hence utilized for ship and air target engagements with a wide range of spatial resolution, bandwidth, and speckle mitigation requirements in a single reconfigurable sensor. In Phase I, Optonicus has demonstrated feasibility through analysis of the MOR-SAPR complex field system concept. In Phase II, Optonicus will develop a prototype MOR-SAPR sensor system and test it in laboratory and field experiments over a 7-km atmospheric propagation path. In Phase III, Optonicus will transition the technology to commercial and DoD applications in air, sea and land based platforms.

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