High Intensity Laser with Fiber Optic Multidirectional Strobe

Period of Performance: 01/17/2006 - 04/15/2008

$730K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Array
Torrance, CA 90505
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Current global and domestic threat environments present US military forces, law enforcement and security personnel with non-lethal crowd control challenges. During Phase I, Intelligent Optical Systems, (IOS) demonstrated the feasibility of developing a non-lethal, but powerful and flexible crowd control weapon. The proposed weapon is a portable, non-lethal, multidirectional strobe light for military and law enforcement applications. The device provides high intensity light pulses, strobing with 1.6m/Wcm2 average power density over multiple 87.5 cm spots at a distance of 1.7m. This proposed dazzling device uses a novel fiber optic scanner that sequentially produces powerful light flashes adjusted in real time to brain frequencies 7-15Hz in multiple directions, allowing the operator to control subjects by temporarily disorienting them, but not blinding them. In Phase II, IOS will develop a powerful, fully functional multidirectional light source, with adjustable safety zones, that will operate within maximum permissible exposure guidelines. IOS will further develop and optimize the prototype strobe utilizing in-house developed lasers and commercial multi-color light sources. We will evaluate the effectiveness of the strobe by conducting detailed studies of physiological and psychological effects, conduct comparative in-field tests, and pursue commercialization of the most efficient device.