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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 15782
Amount: $59,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
8302 Whitesburg Dr - Ste B, Huntsville, AL, 35802
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert E Howle
 Principal Investigator
 (205) 882-3974
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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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