Photodigm LTS: An Air Force SBIR/STTR Success Story

 Photodigm has received support from the SBIR program for the development of its family of high-power precision laser diodes to support multiple DoD programs.  The LTS, delivered to the AFRL Munitions Directorate  under an Air Force Phase II SBIR, showcased the unique high speed performance characteristic of these devices and provided Photodigm with valuable applications experience.  Semi-active laser simulators of more advanced designs have also been delivered to multiple prime contractors. 

Photodigm Laser Target Simulator

Versatile Semi-Active Laser Target Simulator

The seeker systems used in laser guided weapons must endure rigorous test and calibration to ensure proper functionality. Testing requires a semi-active laser target simulator (SAL-LTS) to be integrated into the test loop to validate the performance of the seeker system according to specifications.  Laser guided weapon test and calibration is performed both in manufacturing and in the field before use.

The Photodigm Laser Target Simulator (LTS-110) is a laser source combining two wavelengths into a single fiber; these wavelengths are 660 nm and 1064 nm.  The 1064 nm source is a pulsed source that can be triggered from an internal oscillator, or it can be triggered externally.  The 1064 nm DBR laser source has internally selectable pulse widths of 20nm and 125 ns.  The 1064 nm source can be attenuated by greater than 70 dB using integrated variable optical attenuators (VOAs) controlled through an analog input pint. The 660 nm visible source is provided as a means of aligning the output of the LTS-110.  

Basic specifications are listed below.  For more information, please read our detailed Application Note. 

 Basic Specifications for the LTS-110


Feature

Specification

Source Wavelength (only one on a time)

660 nm +/- 10 nm

1064 nm +/- 1 nm

Output Peak Power at 1064 nm

> 17 mW with no attenuation within a f/1.5 divergence

Output Power Visible

> 1 mW

Laser Biasing

Peak Current Setting

Laser Modulation

Triggered on the rising edge of TTL level input.  Internal oscillator provided

Delay of Optical Pulse after Trigger

< 1 microsecond

Jitter of Optical Pulse with respect to Trigger

< 10 nanosecond

Optical Pulse Width

Selectable, 20 ns or 125 ns

Attenuation Control

0-6 V analog control, 0 dB to >60 dB.  Response time <20 nsec.  Repeatability >0.1 dB.  Accuracy >0.3 dB

Unit Power On-Off

Switch, Safety Interlock Enable Required

Individual Laser Power On-Off

Toggle or TTL Level Control

Safety Interlocks

3 interlocks (2 for board function, 1 for IR laser only)

Power Input

120VAC, < 15A

Dimensions

19 inch rack mount width, 8 inch deep, 1.75 inch high

   

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