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: $368,033.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2015
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-076
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard Blvd. SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, 87106-3140
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Link
 Senior Scientist
 (505) 245-9970
 Don.Link@mza.com
Business Contact
 Robert Praus
Title: Technical Point of Contact
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Email: Contracts@mza.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government