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VCSEL-based microsensors for photonic proximity fuzing of munitions
Author(s): G. A. Keeler; A. Mar; K. M. Geib; A. Y. Hsu; D. K. Serkland; G. M. Peake
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes technologies developed at Sandia National Laboratories to support a joint DoD/DoE initiative to create a compact, robust, and affordable photonic proximity sensor for munitions fuzing. The proximity fuze employs high-power vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays, resonant-cavity photodetectors (RCPDs), and refractive micro-optics that are integrated within a microsensor whose volume is approximately 0.01 cm3. Successful development and integration of these custom photonic components should enable a g-hard photonic proximity fuze that replaces costly assemblies of discrete lasers, photodetectors, and bulk optics. Additional applications of this technology include void sensing, ladar and short-range 3-D imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7070, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing IV, 70700V (3 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.792023
Show Author Affiliations
G. A. Keeler, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
A. Mar, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
K. M. Geib, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
A. Y. Hsu, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
D. K. Serkland, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
G. M. Peake, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7070:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing IV
Fred M. Dickey; Richard A. Beyer, Editor(s)

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