Tunable Micro-Phased Array Laser Scanner

Period of Performance: 06/12/2006 - 03/12/2007

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Physical Optics Corp.
1845 West 205th Street Array
Torrance, CA 90501
Principal Investigator

Abstract

To address the Air Force need for a compact, inexpensive, and reliable laser scanner for 3D imaging laser radar in seekers for autonomously guided munitions, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a novel fast two-dimensional scanning device based on a Tunable MicroPhased Array Laser Scanner (TMPALS). The scanner will operate with divergent optical beams, switching to 22 x 22 resolved positions in about 30 microsecond so the entire 45 degree x 45 degree field of view is scanned more than 60 times per second, forming a tiled image with high spatial and range resolution. In Phase I POC will demonstrate the feasibility of TMPALS by demonstrating it in the form of a simplified experimental device. In Phase II POC plans to optimize the scanner design and component performance, and will develop a fully functional prototype that will produce a new rugged solid-state scanner for next-generation munition seekers, and for airborne reconnaissance and surveillance systems.