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Company Information:

Company Name:
IRFLex Corporation
Address:
300 Ringgold Industrial Parkway
Danville, VA
Phone:
(418) 655-4228
URL:
EIN:
205008512
DUNS:
623702557
Number of Employees:
8
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $587,039.00 6
SBIR Phase II $1,921,177.00 3
STTR Phase I $219,998.00 2
STTR Phase II $946,945.00 2

Award List:

Mid-Infrared Fiber-Optic Switch for IRCM Laser Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President
Research Institution:
VIRGINIA TECH UNIV.
RI Contact:
David Richardson
Abstract:
Current laser-based infrared countermeasure (IRCM) system integrates a mid-infrared laser with a pointer-tracker (P/T) as a mated pair. The full protection of tactical aircrafts requires six IRCM systems to cover all fields of attack. Today each mid-infrared laser for IRCM costs several hundreds of… More

Novel Fiber Laser for direct lasing in the Mid-Infrared

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President
Abstract:
The current DIRCM laser solutions in the mid-infrared (3-5 micron) suffer limitations and disadvantages such as excessive size and weight, long initial cool-down time (cryogenic temperatures), short operating time, limited duty cycle, complex packaging, low wall plug efficiency, poor beam quality… More

Mid-Infrared Fiber-Optic Switch for IRCM Laser Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$446,945.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President
Research Institution:
VIRGINIA TECH UNIV.
RI Contact:
David Richardson
Abstract:
Current directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems integrate a mid-infrared laser with a pointer-tracker (P/T) head as a mated pair, comprising a single replaceable unit. The P/T head directs the laser power to the approaching threats: surface-launched and air-launched infrared-guided… More

Novel Fiber Laser for direct lasing in the Mid-Infrared

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,880.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President
Abstract:
The current Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) laser solutions in the mid-infrared (3-5 micron) suffer limitations and disadvantages such as excessive size and weight, long initial cool-down time (cryogenic temperatures), short operating time, limited duty cycle, complex packaging, low wall… More

Mid-Infrared Fiber Bundle Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$87,051.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President
Abstract:
Current infrared cameras are commercially available for thermal imaging systems in the range of 2-14 micron. Some critical military applications require high spatial resolution infrared fiber bundle for imaging in areas inaccessible to the cameras because of size and/or harsh environments. IRFlex… More

High Average Power Superconituum in the Mid-Infrared

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President
Abstract:
Infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems defend many aircraft and ground vehicles located in combat zones from infrared-guided attacking missiles. These systems disable the incoming threat through the use of directed infrared laser energy. To protect from various heat-seeking missile threats,… More

Fiber Delivery Systems for Ultrashort Pulse Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,995.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President – (434) 483-4304
Abstract:
Future military laser-based defensive systems (LBDSs) will incorporate high peak energy (~1 mJ) ultrashort pulse ( The proposed work will demonstrate the feasibility of developing an innovative mid infrared HC-PBG fiber. The fiber will be designed with high confinement (>99%) to enable ultrashort… More

Laser Beam Delivery Sub-System for Multi-Band Mid-Infrared Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President – (434) 483-4304
Abstract:
High power midwave infrared (2f{5 fYm) lasers are currently used in infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems. The objective of this SBIR is to develop high efficiency laser beam delivery system. Current beam delivery methods for IRCM systems are manufactured from free-space optics or midwave… More

Chalcogenide Infrared Fiber Manufacturing Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President – (434) 483-4304
Research Institution:
University of North Carolina
RI Contact:
Ishwar Aggarwal
Abstract:
Chalcogenide glass fibers are extensively used for delivery of mid-infrared (2 to 5 micron) laser wavelengths. They are needed for development of next-generation directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems. These new systems will have a reduction of both weight and size allowing their… More

Mid-Infrared Fiber Coupler for Multiband Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM) Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President – (434) 483-4304
Abstract:
Compact high power (>100 W) mid-infrared (2-5 microns) lasers are highly desired for military applications, such as infrared counter measures (IRCM). Semiconductor lasers, such as quantum cascade lasers (QCLs), are efficient compact sources that operate in the desired wavelength range. However,… More

Mid-Infrared Fiber Bundle Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, CTO – (434) 483-4304
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Infrared cameras for thermal imaging applications can operate between 2-14 microns. These cameras produce a thermal image using two-dimensional arrays of infrared detectors (such as ferroelectric detectors or microbolometers). Some critical military applications (such as spatial… More

Chalcogenide Infrared Fiber Manufacturing Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$500,000.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President – (434) 483-4304
Research Institution:
University of NC, Charlotte
RI Contact:
Ishwar Aggarwal
Abstract:
Chalcogenide glass fibers are extensively used for delivery of mid-infrared (2-5 micron) laser wavelengths. They are needed for development of next-generation Directed InfraRed CounterMeasure (DIRCM) systems. Replacing the bulky free-space delivery system with fiber will reduce the weight and size… More

Fiber Delivery Systems for Ultrashort Pulse Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$421,297.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Francois Chenard, President – (434) 483-4304
Abstract:
Future military and commercial laser-based systems will incorporate high peak energy ultra-short pulse lasers (USPLs) operating in the near or mid-infrared. These USPL will require a beam delivery system (BDS) for use within defensive systems. Step-index optical fibers have been used as BDSs with… More