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Advanced high-bandwidth optical fuzing technology
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Paper Abstract

A robust and compact photonic proximity sensor is developed for optical fuze in munitions applications. The design of the optical fuze employed advanced optoelectronic technologies including high-power vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), the p-i-n or metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) photodetectors, SiGe ASIC driver, and miniature optics. The development combines pioneering work and unique expertise at ARDEC, ARL, and Sandia National Laboratories and synergizes the key optoelectronic technologies in components and system designs. This compact sensor will replace conventional costly assemblies based on discrete lasers, photodetectors, and bulky optics and provide a new capability for direct fire applications. It will be mass manufacturable in low cost and simplicity. In addition to the specific applications for gun-fired munitions, numerous civilian uses can be realized by 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: 24 October 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6017, Nanophotonics for Communication: Materials and Devices II, 60170F (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.633920
Show Author Affiliations
Jony J. Liu, US Army Research Lab. (United States)
Christian M. von der Lippe, US Army ARDEC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6017:
Nanophotonics for Communication: Materials and Devices II
Nibir K. Dhar; Achyut K. Dutta; Kiyoshi Asakawa, Editor(s)

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