High Speed Electro-Optic Sensor System for 3-D Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-02-P-0205
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0509
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Arete Assoc.
P.O. Box 6024, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91413
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Griffis
 Corporate Senior Engineer
 (520) 571-8660
Business Contact
 John McLean
Title: Vice President
Phone: (520) 571-8660
Email: jmclean@arete-az.com
Research Institution
"Arete proposes to develop a compact (<1000cm3) flash imaging LIDAR receiver system in which a three-dimensional image is produced with each laser pulse. The proposed sensor combines commercially available semiconductor components from diverse applicationswell suited to the problem at hand. This merger of technologies obviates the need for moving parts, high-voltage or high-speed digitization electronics and results in a compact, low power system without sacrificing high temporal (i.e., range <10cm) andangular resolution. The system will be able to operate at different wavelengths for different applications (e.g., UV to 12um). Furthermore, its compact packaging will be used in missile targeting and seeker systems, UAV applications, and ground basedreconnaissance or targeting systems. In addition to military applications, the small size of the system and relatively low cost provides the possibility of penetrating commercial markets such as obstacle avoidance and situational awareness in automatedproduction, aviation, heavy equipment and automotive industries. Phase 1 will focus on characterizing a single pixel sensor element that demonstrates utility for an NxN three-dimensional flash LIDAR. Phase 2 will mature this into a tested array, andPhase 3 will incorporate the technology into high resolution 3-D imaging systems for both military and commercial customers. The proposed technology will introduce a new means of generating 3D

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