Compact LIDAR for Continuous Monitoring of Atmospheric Extinction
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-046
Topic Title: Compact LIDAR for Continuous Monitoring of Atmospheric Extinction
Proposal No.: N131-046-0416
Firm: Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center
Andover, Massachusetts 01810-1077
Contact: David Sonnenfroh
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Web Site:
Abstract: Operation of a ship-borne Laser Weapons System (LWS) requires new capability to dynamically characterize the maritime atmosphere to predict laser effectiveness. Atmospheric attenuation data for ranges to the horizon will be needed to support weapons selection against surface or airborne targets. Systems that can characterize the atmosphere continuously and that also can operate on-demand, will provide the greatest flexibility. Physical Sciences Inc., with its subsidiary Q-Peak Inc., proposes to develop an advanced, highly compact Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor capable of continuous, automated mapping of atmospheric extinction. The lidar will operate at a wavelength of 1.0 micron at a transmit power consistent with eye safety. It will operate autonomously and continuously. The Phase I program will consist of analysis and conceptual designs of the lidar sensor. The Phase I Program Option will consist of additional engineering design to integrate the sensor into the designated demonstration platform, as well as a demonstration of the laser transmitter. The Phase II Program will develop and test a field-worthy prototype sensor package. The Phase III Program will integrate and test the package on a designated Navy platform.
Benefits: Commercial applications are likely to include many ground-based applications such as CBRNE detection, visibility and Asian dust monitoring, hazardous volcanic ash cloud monitoring, regional air quality and human health assessments. Introduction of the proposed lidar into newly emerging networks for boundary layer meteorology may also be possible.