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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.97K | Year: 2010

In Phase I, Aerius Photonics demonstrated Raman spectroscopy at 785 nm, 980 nm, and 1064 nm, with only 1064 nm-based excitation showing a reduction in fluorescence. In addition, Aerius Photonics and partner Ahura Scientific, demonstrated a breadboard version of an InGaAs-based Raman spectrometer to assess any engineering challenges. By the end of a Phase III, Aerius proposes to develop a handheld 1064 nm – based system that uses an extremely low-noise InGaAs array to not only reduce fluorescence, but maintain the SNR ratio achieved by 785 nm bases systems. The InGaAs arrays are based on Aerius’ low dark current InGaAs and low noise ROIC experience. This system will substantially reduce the fluorescence present in CCD-based systems, and unmask otherwise obscured spectra. At the end of a successful Phase II, we would deliver a prototype unit build around the FirstDefender core that is capable of identifying chemicals within seconds, and ready to be put into use very quickly.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2011

A 79x nm fiber laser pump module is proposed based on Aerius Photonics"high power vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). Designs and process steps are defined for successful development of 79x nm devices, specifically for the design of a 2D array that is to be coupled into a high brightness fiber.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 728.45K | Year: 2011

ABSTRACT: The objective of this Phase II program is to develop a battery operated, combat identification beacon (CID Beacon) technology that is compact and can be worn on the warfighter as part of standard gear. The CID beacon will project a high brightness beam across a hemisphere allowing standard pods on military aircraft (Blackhawk, Apache, etc.) to detect and identify friendly troops on the ground. This laser based beacon technology will allow the warfighter to project his position for long ranges up to 15-20 km. The Aerius Photonics CID beacon will be ruggedized for warfighter use and the hardware delivered to the customer at the end of the program. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefits of the technology are a reduction in SWaP and cost for a commercial grade system that is suitable for law enforcement, security, and search and rescue. A comparable device does not currently exist. The CID laser beacon to be developed has many applications in defense and other markets. In addition to Department of Defense customers, the product would also be of use to police forces, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Coast Guard. During Phase II, Aerius will approach Prime DoD suppliers, as well as suppliers to police forces, DHS and the Coast Guard to establish sales and distribution channels addressing these markets. Early discussions with two Prime DoD suppliers, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman have already taken place. Demand for the personnel tag devices market could grow to several thousand per month in a few years.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2011

Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a compact light-weight non-mechanical scanning LADAR for enhanced spacecraft survivability. This new technology will be used to detect and track natural and manmade physical threats to spacecraft. Such detection and tracking will allow the spacecraft to respond to a changing situation in order to improve its survivability. The technology will enable a wide field of view and be able to build 3D images of threats. In Phase I, Aerius will provide a system study to include the tradeoffs and operating ranges of several proposed techniques. Aerius will demonstrate scanning and ranging with a high gain receiver. Further tests will determine the radiation hardness for space operations of critical components. In Phase II, Aerius will design and deliver prototype devices, evaluate their performance, long term stress tests and radiation hardness tests.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.99K | Year: 2010

Aerius Photonics is proposing to develop high-power Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) and arrays on 4” substrates with an integrated thermal management approach to improve the thermal performance on an entirely wafer-level manufacturing compatible process. This is critical as waste heat and wafer-scale manufacturing approaches are driving factors for performance and costs in a laser diode, especially diode pumped solid-state laser systems relevant to the US BMDS. The performance of the high-power diode laser is limited by the ability of the packaging to extract heat away from the laser’s active region, where the majority of the heat is generated. If the heat is not removed, the gain, and subsequently the output power and efficiency of the laser and entire system are decreased. In this proposal, Aerius will develop a wafer-scale compatible process on 4” substrates with improved thermal performance for high power VCSEL arrays. This approach will further improve the thermal performance and manufacturability of VCSEL technology and offer a 50% reduction in the laser diode heating by improving the waste heat transport and spreading from the semiconductor chip to the thermal management system.

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