Next Generation High Power Broadband MWIR Emitters for TOPS

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop a new, state-of-the-art, high power, broadband mid-wave infrared (MWIR) laser for use in the Towed Optical Plume Simulator (TOPS).

PSI, in collaboration with Thorlabs Quantum Electronics (TQE), will demonstrate that these new broadband devices can overcome the limitations of the current narrow spectral bandwidth Fabry-Perot (FP)-QCLs and provide performance data and mechanical and optical designs for a new laser module that is compatible with the current TOPS IR emitter system. This effort will result in an infrared emitter design that reduces the cost and simplifies the optical design of the current TOPS system by reducing the number of lasers required to fill the spectral regions of interest for simulation of missile signatures.

The high power, broadband MWIR emitter technology will provide the DoD with the capability to improve the spectral coverage of the TOPS IR emitter system in the required spectral bands with fewer lasers. This technology supports the DoD-wide Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP) goal of improving aircraft survivability through testing of advanced missile warning sensors and Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) through the development of missile simulator technology capable of multi-band emission control.

For more information, contact:

Dr. David Oakes
Group Leader, Aero Thermal Signatures
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003