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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7033
Agency Tracking Number: B073-032-0824
Amount: $999,984.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-032
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave, Suite B, 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
 tstrand@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jon Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
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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