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High Power Pump Couplers for High Energy Fiber Lasers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
92390
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-015-0865
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Arbor Photonics, Inc.
251 Jackson Plaza Unit A1 Ann Arbor, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: High Power Pump Couplers for High Energy Fiber Lasers
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68936-09-C-0047
Award Amount: $79,385.00
 

Abstract:

Realization of fiber lasers with output power in the multi-kW range critically depends on the development of high power fiber components. This proposal specifically addresses the design, development and manufacture of new, all-fiber pump couplers using large-core, single-mode Chirally-Coupled Core (CCC) fiber, capable of operating at pump powers as high as 2kW or more. To improve the performance of pump combiners, we are proposing a new approach developed by AGT Laser (formerly FG2 Tech) using a specially designed coupling piece between the pump fibers and the signal DCF. This approach is a side-coupler design that allows for the DCF to remain continuous inside the coupler. This novel design eliminates the problem of matching cores when splicing the coupler signal fiber to an additional DCF, as is required in the end-pumping approach. This approach is fundamentally independent of the particular type of DCF and can therefore allow the use of a novel and demonstrated highly-scalable mode area, single-mode optical fiber that can incorporate polarization maintaining performance.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Sosnowski
VP of Engineering
7344171079
tsosnowski@arborphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Phillip Amaya
VP of Engineering
4089308350
pamaya@arborphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ARBOR PHOTONICS, INC.
4968 Ravine Ct Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 260631617
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No