In-line Optical Preamplifiers for Laser Radar Receivers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-07-C-0103
Agency Tracking Number: F061-142-3063
Amount: $3,439,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-142
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
4160 Market St., Suite 6, Ventura, CA, 93003
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Strand
 Principal Research Scient
 (805) 642-4645
Business Contact
 Jonathan Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Research Institution
The next generation of autonomously guided munition seekers requires the development of LADAR systems capable of detection through obscurants at greater ranges and with greater precision and speed while reducing system cost, weight, and power consumption. Aerius Photonics has developed an advanced in-line optical preamplifier (I-LOP) technology to enhance the performance of LADAR receiver systems by optically amplifying return pulses 100 to 200x prior to signal detection. The new I-LOP technology is a complementary technology that can be used to boost the performance of high-sensitivity detector technologies (APD, PIN) that are presently being developed for LADAR applications. The I-LOP can simultaneously provide high gain, low noise, and offers the future potential for high-speed detector gating. By inserting the optical preamplifier in the optical system path, before the final detector, LADAR return pulse intensities can be increased by over 100 times prior to detection and additional amplification by the high-sensitivity detector. By utilizing these I-LOP modules it will be possible to greatly enhance the performance of laser radar and laser rangefinder systems operating at 1064 nm and eye-safe wavelengths in the near IR. In Phase II Aerius will build upon the Phase I development and deliver 10 complete I-LOP modules.

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