Hybrid Lidar-radar Receiver for Underwater Imaging Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0214
Agency Tracking Number: N081-032-0812
Amount: $878,211.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-032
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
309 E. Osceola St., Suite 206, Stuart, FL, 34994
DUNS: 967724907
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Justak
 (772) 283-0253
Business Contact
 John Justak
Title: President
Phone: (772) 283-0253
Email: jjustak@atgi.us
Research Institution
The objective of this program is to develop a hybrid Lidar-radar receiver to efficiently recover and process the radar sub-carrier from a modulated pulsed optical signal in the presence of high levels of optical clutter reaching the receiver just prior to the signal of interest. The receiver will ultimately be used with modulated (0.5 – 1.0 GHz) blue-green pulsed lasers and is required to have an active detection area of at least 8 mm, as well as high QE in that wavelength region. The main challenges are to design a compatible receiver module that has a fast response time combined with high sensitivity, low noise characteristics and a high enough dynamic range. High dynamic range is required to accommodate weak returns from low reflectance targets at multiple attenuation lengths, as well as higher energy returns from stronger reflectors closer to the receiver. Utilizing high speed digitization, the design allows for flexible digital processing and demodulation.

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