Hybrid Direct-Detect and Coherent Flash Ladar Receivers for Enhanced Sensitivity and Target Discrimination

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,984.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0006-09-C-7033
Award Id:
86452
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-032-0824
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2223 Eastman Ave, Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
TimothyStrand
Principal Research Scient
(805) 642-4645
tstrand@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
JonGeske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Aerius is proposing the development of a prototype hybrid coherent and direct-detection Ladar receiver for greatly enhanced detection sensitivity, target tracking and target discrimination. The approach employs Aerius' Optical preamplified Pixel Array (OPPA) which consists of a 2-D array of Vertical-Cavity Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (VCSOAs) that provide high optical gain and low noise to increase the sensitivity of photodetectors to near-photon-counting levels. Aerius' approach leverages the OPPA's compatibility with advanced direct-detection and coherent Ladar receiver technology. The OPPA offers near photon counting direct-detection while the inherent stimulated emission optical amplification process is consistent with requirements for extension of the approach to coherent detection. The OPPA operates at room temperature, utilizes mature detector array technology, and enables system performance improvements while reducing system cost, weight, and power. In Phase I Aerius demonstrated hybrid direct- and coherent-detection using our existing OPPA prototypes. In Phase II Aerius will demonstrate a full-up OPPA hybrid imaging receiver.

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