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Advanced Adaptive Optics (AO) for Laser Weapons in Heavy Turbulence

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-15-C-0104
Agency Tracking Number: N131-076-0570
Amount: $736,083.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-076
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-04-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-01-13
Small Business Information
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Albuquerque, NM 87106-3140
United States
DUNS: 794350025
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Donald Link
 Senior Scientist
 (505) 245-9970
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Title: Technical Point of Contact
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution

Adaptive optics are needed for high-energy laser (HEL) weapon systems when performance is limited by atmospheric turbulence. This typically requires adding an illuminator laser to produce a beacon by reflection from the target surface. Since a small spot is needed, the laser must be projected from the main aperture, complicating the optical design. With this type of beacon, performance is often degraded by speckle, spot size, and branch cuts. The mid-wave infrared (MWIR) thermal emissions from the spot heated by the HEL can also be used as the beacon. This beacon would not be affected by speckle and would have fewer or no branch cuts. We propose using finite element analysis, scaling law and wave-optics modeling, to do a detailed study of this concept.

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