SHORT PULSE WAVEFORM GENERATOR (WFG) FOR ASAT LASER RADAR APPLICATIONS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$59,994.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
15782
Agency Tracking Number:
15782
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8302 Whitesburg Dr - Ste B, Huntsville, AL, 35802
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert E Howle
Principal Investigator
(205) 882-3974
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
TO CREATE A DOPPLER IMAGER OF A TARGET, SUCH AS A SATELLITE, WITH A LASER RADAR, IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE A LASER CAPABLE OF CREATING A SUITABLE. DOPPLER IMAGE RESOLUTION IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE LENGTH OF THE LASER PULSE (THE AMOUNT OF THE TARGET ILLUMINATED IN AN INSTANT OF TIME), AND THE REQUIRED SPACING BETWEEN PULSES IS RELATED TO THE MAXIMUM TARGET SIZE. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES A METHOD OF DESIGNING A CO2 LASER CAVITY WHICH IS BELIEVED WILL GENERATE ULTRA-SHORT OPTICAL PULSES (TENTHS OF A NANOSECOND) SPACED TENS OF NANOSECONDS APART. A COMBINATION OF PROVEN OPTICAL TECHNQIUES SHOULD ALLOW PRODUCTION OF SUB-NANOSECOND CO2 LASER PULSES SUITABLE FOR HETERODYNE DETECTION IN STATE-OF-THE-ART ASAT LASER RADAR APPLICATIONS. THIS WAVEFORM GENERATOR (WFG) WILL BE USED AS INPUT TO A LONG PULSE LASER AMPLIFIER (LPLA) ALREADY UNDER DEVELOPMENT TO PRODUCE HIGH ENERGY OPTICAL PULSES FOR ASAT RELATED APPLICATIONS.

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