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Photonics technology development for optical fuzing
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the photonic component development taking place at Sandia National Laboratories, ARDEC and the Army Research Laboratory in support of an effort to develop a robust, compact, and affordable photonic proximity sensor for munitions fuzing applications. Successful implementation of this sensor will provide a new capability for direct fire applications. The technologies under investigation for the optical fuze design covered in this paper are vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs), integrated resonant-cavity photodetectors (RCPDs), and refractive micro-optics. The culmination of this work will be low cost, robust, fully integrated, g-hardened components suitable for proximity fuzing applications. The use of advanced photonic components will enable replacement of costly assemblies that employ discrete lasers, photodetectors, and bulk optics. The integrated devices will be mass produced and impart huge savings for a variety of Army applications. The specific application under investigation is for gun-fired munitions. Nevertheless, numerous civilian uses exist for this proximity sensor in automotive, robotics and aerospace applications. This technology is also applicable to robotic ladar and short-range 3-D imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5871, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing, 58710J (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617446
Show Author Affiliations
K. M. Geib, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
D. K. Serkland, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
G. A. Keeler, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
G. M. Peake, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
A. Mar, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
C. M. von der Lippe, U.S. Army ARDEC (United States)
J. J. Liu, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5871:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing
William J. Thomes; Fred M. Dickey, Editor(s)

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