Multi-spectral, short-pulse, high-pulse-energy laser transmitter

Period of Performance: 05/13/2013 - 03/07/2014


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Q Peak, Inc.
135 South Road Array
Bedford, MA 01730
Principal Investigator


The Navy SBIR topic solicits the development of a 4-color laser system that enables the detection of ocean mines on the beach and floating/submerged mines in the ocean. Q-Peak and PSI have collaborated to submit a proposal that leverages the laser system development expertise of Q-Peak and the ocean LIDAR modeling experience of PSI to provide an exceptionally strong development team to meet Navy requirements. During the Phase I program a study effort to (1) guide the selection of the laser wavelengths and (2) develop an innovative, compact, multi-spectral laser transmitter based on the combination of an efficient, high-energy, fundamental laser source and nonlinear optical frequency converters suitable for EO based mine detection. The output wavelengths will span across the visible and near infrared spectral region to enable discrimination between targets, separating mines and vegetation. The primary objective of the Phase I Option program is to develop the initial layout of the transmitter and provide capability description of the unit to be built during the Phase II effort. The laser system designed will meet requirements on SWaP parameters to support deployment on a tactical unmanned Airborne vehicle (TUAV).