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A -- Lownoise shortwave infrared camera & Advanced supersonic diffusers for COIL

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541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
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Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL - Directed Energy Directorate, 2251 Maxwell Ave, Kirtland AFB, NM, 87117, UNITED STATES
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1. INTRODUCTION: The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Directed Energy Directorate (DE) located at Kirtland AFB, NM is interested in receiving proposals in two separate technical areas: Topic Area 1 - development of a 20 kHZ Frame Rate, Low Noise Wavefront Sensing and Tracking Short-wave Infrared Camera. The total program budget for the technical effort is $500k to $1M per year for three years. The project office for Topic Area 1 is Capt. Jetter DESE. Topic Area 2 ? development of designs for advanced supersonic diffusers for chemical oxygen-iodine lasers (COIL). The total program budget for the technical is $1M over two years, with initial funding of $150,000. The project office for Topic Area 2 is Tim Madden DELC. TOPIC AREA l -The Starfire Optical Range (SOR) is soliciting innovative research proposals for developing a 20 kHz frame rate, low noise wavefront sensing and tracking short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera. The sensor will be integrated into an adaptive optics brassboard testbed as a self-referencing interferometer (SRI) wavefront sensor. The delivered camera system will consist of a detector and housing, associated electronics needed to amplify and digitize the detector signal, electronics housing, cooling hardware, and documentation. The program will consist of 4 possibly overlapping phases: Phase 1 will cover the design of a Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) and layout / fabrication of a test chip. Phase 2 will cover layout, fabrication and test of the production ROIC chip. Phase 3 will cover camera electronics design. Phase 4 will cover camera fabrication and integration with ROIC. Should the need and funding arise, additional quantities of the camera developed through this effort may be required. A significant goal of this effort is the reduction of the unit cost of production units of the resulting camera design, as compared to state-of-the-art cameras, as well as scalability of the design architecture in both frame rate and format. TOPIC AREA 2 ? The US Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate (AFRL/DEL) seeks innovative proposals in the development of designs for advanced supersonic diffusers for chemical oxygen-iodine lasers (COIL) to be tested at AFRL/DE facilities. The goal for this effort is to develop supersonic diffuser hardware that provides dramatic advances in pressure recovery system size and performance. The developed design(s) should at the minimum be 90% of the pressure recovery performance of a normal shock for typical COIL operating conditions at the laser cavity exit. Demonstrated experience with engineering approaches to compact configurations is of high importance due the unique manner in which these diffusers operate in conjunction with the chemically reacting flows issuing from COIL devices. Full documentation of developed designs will be required in addition
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