Near infrared streak tube imaging lidar receiver

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-04-C-P008
Agency Tracking Number: A032-0740
Amount: $119,951.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-111
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 6024, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91413
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Fetzer
 Deputy Division Director
 (520) 571-8660
 gfetzer@arete-az.com
Business Contact
 Patrick Manzo
Title: Vice President
Phone: (520) 571-8660
Email: pmanzo@arete.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Streak Tube Imaging LIDAR (STIL) combines streak tube and CCD imaging technology to yield high-resolution 3D imaging systems. The technology was developed primarily for ocean imaging and the operational wavelength is blue green. However, STIL and STIL derivatives have been demonstrated to be a powerful technique for generating high resolution 3D imagery in littoral, terrestrial and atmospheric applications but eye safety requirements and the need for covert operation preclude operation in the visible. Arete proposes to develop an advanced wavelength converter to extend the STIL operating range into the near infrared. The converter relies on the use of high quantum efficiency detectors (e.g., InGaAs arrays), VLSI analog electronics and Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers to accomplish the conversion. A proof of concept experiment demonstrated high bandwidth range resolved measurements in the laboratory. The proposed development effort will build and test a prototype converter system that will elucidate design issues in a risk-controlled manner, yielding a high probability of success in Phase II. The result of the combined Phase I and Phase II efforts will produce a component that allows STIL technology to be applied to military and commercial laser radar problems where operation in the NIR is essential.

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