High Power All-Solid-State 4- Micron Source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$749,833.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-10-C-0258
Award Id:
64706
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-0949
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 02-207
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Science Research Laboratory Inc. (Currently SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY INC)
15 Ward Street, Somerville, MA, 02143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106771140
Principal Investigator:
ALLEN FLUSBERG
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(617) 547-1122
aflusberg@srl.com
Business Contact:
Jonah Jacob
PRESIDENT
(617) 547-1122
jjacob@srl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Science Research Laboratory proposes to develop a pulsed, tunable mid-IR source with average power greater than 55 watts and high pulse repetition frequency (20 kHz). The program is divided into a baseline and two options. In the baseline program we will develop a continuous-wave laser operating at a wavelength of 2.1 microns with a power of approximately 120 watts. In the option programs, the 2.1-micron laser will be converted to pulsed operation; it will then be utilized as the pump for an optical parametric oscillator to generate mid-IR radiation around a wavelength of 4 micron. The development of this 4-micron source, which will represent a factor-of-10 increase in high-repetition-rate, pulsed mid-IR power over the current state of the art, is applicable to improved jamming of missile seekers that sense radiation of this wavelength. Such IR-seeking missiles, also known as "heat-seeking" missiles, have for many years posed a grave threat to both military and commercial aircraft. They are believed to have been responsible for destroying 90 percent of all aircraft lost in battle in the last quarter of the 20th century.

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