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SBIR/STTR Phase I: Self-Imaging Fibers for High Power Optical Beams

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
58588
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0215296
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027 0302
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: SBIR/STTR Phase I: Self-Imaging Fibers for High Power Optical Beams
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,858.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Project will investigate self-imaging in fiber structures, and determine feasibility of developing two classes of novel device: highly efficient, near diffraction-limited rare earth ion-doped glass lasers and amplifiers, and high power/energy fibers for transport, routing and coupling of diffraction-limited beams. Conventional single mode fiber lasers can deliver similar performance at low power/ energy, but higher power systems require larger fiber apertures, leading to multi spatial mode propagation. Self-imaging accesses a new operating regime for guided wave devices, enabling diffraction-limited power scaling of lasers and beam-transport fibers. In comparison, bulk lasers are less efficient, and more susceptible to thermo-optic distortions. The self-imaging proof-of-concept has been demonstrated in a 16W planar waveguide laser fabricated from diffusion-bonded crystals. However, that approach is not well suited to fabricating 2-dimensional waveguides where 4 separate polishing/bonding steps are needed. Application of this work would be the design and development of optimized waveguides for the telecommunications industry. The end product would be an integrated product with improved optical characteristics

Principal Investigator:

Iain Mckinnie
3036042000
iainm@ctilidar.com

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Coherent Technologies, Inc.
655 Aspen Ridge Drive Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No