Scalable Adaptive Fiber-Array Elements (SAFARE) for Directed Energy Phased Arrays

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

MV Innovative Technologies LLC (DBA: Opt
711 E Monument Ave Ste 101 Array
Dayton, OH 45402
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Optonicus, in collaboration with the University of Dayton has demonstrated the feasibility of a new Scalable Adaptive Fiber-Array Elements (SAFARE) phased fiber-array beam director architecture in Phase I to address the DoD need for HEL directed energy systems. The SAFARE system integrates a new high fill factor fiber-array architecture with novel imaging, sensing, and control capabilities that enable power scaling and phase control to come together in one system overcoming the obstacles currently preventing the fielding HEL directed energy technology in airborne platforms. In phase II prototypes of the low SWaP SAFARE fiber-array laser heads will be developed and demonstrated in realistic atmospheric conditions. These scalable laser heads can be used as general building blocks for future directed energy systems. In Phase III Optonicus will commercialize the technology for dual DoD directed energy applications and civilian commercial uses.