Extended Range Optical Underwater Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number: N042-176-0016
Amount: $749,911.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-176
Solicitation Number: 2004.2
Small Business Information
11805 North Creek Parkway S., Suite 113, Bothell, WA, 98011
DUNS: 801518747
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roy Mead
 Principal Investigator
 (425) 482-1100
 roy.mead@aculight.com
Business Contact
 Dennis Lowenthal
Title: VP of Research & Developm
Phone: (425) 482-1100
Email: dennis.lowenthal@aculight.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Aculight has teamed with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD to develop and demonstrate an underwater imager capable of imaging through 7 – 8 attenuation lengths. Such an optical underwater imager capable of imaging mines or other objects of interest is needed by the Navy to enable detection of submerged threats in turbid coastal and harbor waters. The objective of the proposed program is to design and demonstrate an underwater imaging system that will produce high resolution images in such turbid waters. Combining cutting-edge fiber laser technology with a very novel compact, yet large-aperture receiver design yields a high-performance imaging system which will fit easily in available underwater unmanned vehicles (UUVs). The system will provide very substantial increases in sensitivity and optical resolution, enabling detection of threats both overseas and in our home waters.

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