High-Bandwidth, Compact Free-Space Optical Communications Using Adaptive Optics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA8650-04-C-1613
Agency Tracking Number: 022-0278
Amount: $749,519.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2002
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA02-036
Solitcitation Number: 2002.2
Small Business Information
580 Division St., Campbell, CA, 95008
Duns: 001806665
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Shelton
 Senior Scientist
 (408) 583-1146
Business Contact
 Steven Drenker
Title: Director, Business Develo
Phone: (408) 583-1136
Email: sdrenker@aoptix.com
Research Institution
AOptix Technologies proposes to build and demonstrate a laser communication system that uses adaptive optics to mitigate atmospheric turbulence. Lasercom systems require accurate pointing capability to direct the narrow optical beam and compensate for platform vibration and jitter. In AOptix lasercom systems, adaptive optics (AO) techniques are employed to accomplish this as well as precorrect the transmitted beam to reduce atmospheric scintillation, another factor critical to successful system operation. In Phase I, a prototype unit enabled sustained operation of a 28 km link between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a remote mountain site. Phase II will miniaturize the optical system for aircraft compatibility. Smaller and faster adaptive optics components will be used to advance system capability. Demonstration of atmospheric transmission over long links will be included in the testing program.

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