Modulated Pulsed Laser Sources for Imaging Lidars

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,895.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-07-C-0291
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-036-0773
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-036
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
ACULIGHT CORP.
22121 20th Avenue SE, Bothell, WA, 98021
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
801518747
Principal Investigator:
Roy Mead
Principal Investigator
(425) 482-1100
roy.mead@aculight.com
Business Contact:
Dennis Lowenthal
Vice President of R&D
(425) 482-1100
dennis.lowenthal@aculight.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A pulsed fiber laser capable of very rapid amplitude modulation is proposed. Producing more than 5 W output at 532 nm, the system incorporates a very fast fiber-coupled electro-optic modulator, capable of reproducing waveforms up to the 10 GHz range. When used in a hybrid lidar-radar system, the laser will enable discrimination against multiply scattered photons, powerfully enabling imaging of targets even in very turbid water. Fiber laser technology enables the laser to be robust, alignment- and contamination-insensitive, and inherently ruggedizable. The laser (based upon recently commercialized designs) is very compact and power-efficient, enabling near-term deployment in Naval systems.

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