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Direct Generation Diode-Pumped Mid-IR Laser

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
27966
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
27966
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
PHOTERA TECHNOLOGIES
12777 High Bluff Drive San Diego, CA 92130
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: Direct Generation Diode-Pumped Mid-IR Laser
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $79,601.00
 

Abstract:

Efficient sources operating in the mid-IR region are required for applications such as laser countermeasures and remote sensing. Available mid-IR lasers suited to these applications employ nonlinear frequency conversion techniques; an approach which is inefficient and requires high intensities. Sources based upon direct generation currently are limited to wavelengths below 3 micrometers. Direct generation of 3-5 micrometer radiation using rare-earth ion activated solid-state materials represents a desirable and efficient configuration for laser sources in the mid-IR. In our pursuit of this goal, we have identified two rare-earth doped solid-state materials with the potential for CW operation in the 3-5 micrometer regime. In each case, efficient diode pumped room temperature operation is obtained through the use of a sensitizer-activator pair. The Phase I program consists of a detailed spectroscopic study of the key material parameters which are critical for mid-IR laser operation. Based upon the results of this investigation, a power scalable CW, solid-state, diode-pumped, room temperature laser will be demonstrated. Additionally, design studies will be conducted for scaling to the 2 W average power level.

Principal Investigator:

David E. Hargis
6197550700

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Laser Power Corp
12777 High Bluff Drive San Diego, CA 92130

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