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Company Information:

Company Name: NP Photonics, Inc.
City: Tucson
State: AZ
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (520) 799-7424

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,217,041.00 37
SBIR Phase II $10,966,310.00 16
STTR Phase I $719,832.00 8
STTR Phase II $1,492,602.00 2

Award List:

Heterogeneous Integration of Organic Light-emitting Diodes with Planar Optical Waveguides

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ghassan E. Jabbour
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is to develop a novel self-aligned fabrication process to efficiently integrate organic light emitting diodes (OLED) with planar glass optical waveguides. The proposed innovative heterogeneous integration is potentially an extremely low cost technique to efficiently couple… More

Large-scale manufacturing of photorefractive polymers by precision injection molding

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tao Luo
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
Photorefractive polymers have emerged as a powerful class of real-time and reconfigurable holographic recording materials. This project will focus on the development of thermoplastic photorefractive polymers that can be fabricated into various films and shapes by precision injection molding and/or… More

Novel ER3+ Glass Fiber Amplifiers with Extremely High Gain Coefficient

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tao Luo
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop novel Er3+-doped glass fiber amplifiers for the lossless beam splitter of the 1.54 um optical communication networks . This special glass fiber will exhibit both ultra high gain coefficient and extremely low cost, less than 1% of today's price. Our goal is to demonstrate a gain… More

Heterogeneous VCSEL Array Integration with Silicon Substrate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nina Nordman
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to heterogeneously integrate a large array (64x64) of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with a silicon substrate. This work takes advantage of the recently developed applique technique that quasi-monolithically integrates VCSELs with foundry processed CMOS chips. This… More

Ultra broadband Er3+ Doped Tellurite Glass Fiber Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tao Luo
Award Amount: $74,839.00

Waveguide Routers for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Seepo Honkanan
Award Amount: $65,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tao Luo
Award Amount: $750,000.00

Novel Class of Ultra-high-speed Optical Switches

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Dr Tao Luo
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A

Ultra broadband Er3+ Doped Tellurite Glass Fiber Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tao Luo
Award Amount: $749,999.00

Waveguide Routers for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David Geraghty
Award Amount: $400,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mohammed Ali Fardad, Member of Technical Staff
Award Amount: $65,424.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David Geraghty, Member ofTechnical Staff
Award Amount: $65,000.00

An Optoelectronic Pump-Sharing Module for Fiber-Amplifier Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: M.A. Amir Fardad, Member of Technical Staff
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Employing the sol-gel technology, the Phase II program intend to realize compact multimode interference (MMI) beam splitters integrated with semiconductor diode lasers on silicon for multi-channel pumping of Er3+ doped fiber amplifiers. The MMI splitterswill be designed for the 980-nm window in… More

Side-pumped monolithic optical amplifier arrays based in erbium-doped phosphate glass

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Director of Device Develo
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"This project will focus on the development of side-pumped, monolithic amplifier and amplifier arrays based on short-length, high gain erbium-doped phosphate glass. The proposal will attempt to bring together two exciting approaches aimed at producingcompact, highly functional optical amplifiers… More

Phased Array of Solid-State Master Oscillator Power Amplifiers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Yushi Kaneda, Project Director
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
In this proposed Phase-I SBIR work, we will conduct the feasibility experiments on the phase locking technique to obtain higher power in diffraction-limited beam. One of the experiments is the locking of Mach-Zender interferometer with or without adelay-line that adds phase fluctuation relative to… More

Low-Cost High-Power Laser Designator/Rangefinder for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jihong Geng, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a small form factor, high-power long-range laser designator/rangefinder for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms using an NP's proprietary technology, a compact high-powernarrow-linewidth fiber laser. The laser… More

SBIR Phase I: Watt Level, Narrow Linewidth, Single Frequency Fiber Laser at 1550 nm

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Christine Spiegelberg
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is aimed at the demonstration of a compact, Watt-level, single frequency fiber laser operating around 1550 nm. The laser will take advantage of proprietary, highly Yb: Er co-doped fiber allowing the total length of the fiber-laser cavity to… More

Side-Pumped Monolithic Amplifier Arrays Based

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Dir. of Active Device Dev
Award Amount: $739,486.00
Abstract:
This project will focus on the development of side-pumped, monolithic amplifier arrays based on short-length, high gain erbium-doped phosphate glass. The proposal will attempt to bring together two exciting approaches aimed at producing compact, highly functional optical amplifiers with the… More

PANORAMIC OPTICAL POWER AMPLIFIER IN Yb-DOPED MULTI-CORE PHOSPHATE-BASED OPTICAL FIBER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Director of Active Device Developme
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
This project focuses on the development of compact, high electrical plug-in efficiency, and high gain panoramic optical amplifiers suitable for image amplification. Laser tracking and pointing of remote targets for space/air surveillance and control applications require a suitable image amplifier… More

Efficient high power 2 micron Tm3+-Doped Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shibin Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of new Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers for efficient high power 2 micron fiber lasers capable of generating an output power of up to hundreds watts. We propose to use Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers because silica glass fiber is not the ideal host for lasers… More

Panoramic Optical Power Amplifier In Yb-doped Multi-core Phosphate-based Optical Fiber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Director of Technology De
Award Amount: $749,930.00
Abstract:
Technical abstract: This project focuses on the development of compact, high electrical plug-in efficiency, and high gain panoramic optical amplifiers suitable for image amplification. Laser tracking and pointing of remote targets for space/air surveillance and control applications require a… More

Efficient High Power 2 micron Tm3+-Doped Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shibin Jiang
Award Amount: $599,528.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of new Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers for efficient high power 2-micron fiber lasers capable of generating an output power of up to hundreds watts. We propose to use Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers because silica glass fiber is not the ideal host for lasers… More

Compact 2 Micron Seed Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shibin Jiang
Award Amount: $69,931.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of new compact, high power and extremely reliable 2 micron seed laser using newly developed Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers, which exhibit high quantum efficiency. This type of fiber based seed laser is needed for constructing high energy pulsed 2 micron… More

SBIR Phase I: Fiber-Laser-Based THz Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yongdan Hu, Dr
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project focuses on the development of new terahertz source modules based on difference frequency generation through GaSe nonlinear opticalcrystals. This Phase I project will focus on using Q-switched fiber lasers to generate THz sources by virtue of… More

Compact 2 Micron Seed Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shibin Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,796.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of innovative compact, high power and extremely reliable 2 micron seed laser using newly developed Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers, which exhibit high quantum efficiency. This type of fiber based seed laser is needed for constructing high energy pulsed 2 micron… More

HighlyEfficient 2.09 Micron Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Shibin Jiang, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of new Ho3+ doped germanate glass fiber laser at 2.09 micron with output power of 50 watts and wall-plug efficiency of greater than 10%. This type of fiber laser can be used to generate multiple bands lasers for infrared countermeasure systems through optical… More

Spontaneous Brillouin Scattering Temperature/Strain Sensors for CICC Superconductors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jihong Geng, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A real-time distributed sensor is needed for superconductivity quench detection in large superconducting magnets, such as those used in plasma fusion confinement systems. This project will use spontaneous Brillouin backscattering to achieve simultaneous spatially-resolved temperature and strain… More

HighlyEfficient 2.09 Micron Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Shibin Jiang, VP Technology
Award Amount: $729,381.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of new Ho3+-doped germanate glass fiber laser at 2.09micron with output power of 50 watts and wall-plug efficiency of greater than 10%. This type of fiber laser can be used to generate multiple bands lasers for infrared countermeasure systems through optical… More

Eyesafer Fiber Laser Technology for Shipboard Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of a new all fiber single mode Tm3+-doped two micron fiber laser with output power of 5 Kilowatts. This new fiber laser is retina safe, reducing the possibility of eye damage to the operators due to scattering and reflections. The laser wavelength is located in… More

Efficient high power tunable THz source based on all fiber-based pulsed fiber lasers at 1.55 micron

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Investigator/Optical Eng.
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
We propose to develop a fiber-based, high power, narrow linewidth, and tunable THz source by leveraging our proprietary fiber laser at ~ 1.55 micron and patented THz techniques. This proposed high power fiber-based THz source will be generated by using a ZnGeP2 crystal based on difference-frequency… More

1.26 Single Frequency Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of an innovative compact, high power, and extremely reliable 1.26 micron Ho-doped single frequency fiber laser. The proposed single frequency fiber laser consists of Raman pump laser and single frequency 1.26-micron fiber laser, which will be constructed by using… More

High SBS-Threshold Er/Yb Co-Doped Phosphate Glass Fiber Amplifiers for High Power, Sub-us Pulsed, Narrow Linewidth, All Fiber-Based Laser Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In order to implement the monolithic high power narrow linewidth pulsed all fiber-based laser transmitter by using a MOPA configuration for NASA's active remote sensing spectroscopy, NP Photonics propose to develop the high SBS-threshold, single-mode (SM), polarization maintaining (PM), high power… More

Monolithic programmable pulse shaper for efficient energy scaling of ultrashort fiber laser pulses in the C-band

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Investigator/Optical Eng.
Award Amount: $69,999.00
RI Contact: Sherry Eshan
Abstract:
Under collaboration with College of Optical Sciences of University of Arizona, NP Photonics proposes to develop a new monolithic programmable pulse shaper with an adaptive control loop by leveraging our mature technology of sol-gel/EO Polymer process for waveguide passive devices at 1.5 micron (AWG,… More

Single mode THz crystal fiber as efficient THz parametric converter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a single mode THz crystal fiber as THz parametric converter that can generate high power, narrow linewidth, and tunable THz source in order to implement a novel standoff THz spectroscopy system by leveraging our proprietary fiber processing techniques, fiber lasers at ~ 1.55… More

Supercontinuum Laser for Multi-Spectral Energy Propagation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $79,801.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser with the capability to propagate a multi-spectral laser beam with 10 Watts of time-averaged power. This program focuses on all fiber optic approach with particular emphasis on covering the mid-IR portion of the electromagnetic… More

Optical Cooling of RF systems using an All Optical Fiber Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Dan Nguyen, Modeling Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
We propose an all-fiber approach to heat removal from devices such as high-power RF amplifiers. In our approach, the cooling fiber segment, the pump fiber laser, and the optical fiber used for photon waste removal are all integrated into a single fiber configuration. NP Photonics' high efficiency… More

Compact & Ultra-High Resolution Terahertz Spectroscopic/Fingerprint System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Dayton Research Inst.
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00
RI Contact: Claudette M. Groeber
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop a fiber-based, compact, tunable, THz spectroscopic/fingerprinting system that offers ultra-high resolution (< 1 MHz), high sensitivity and room temperature operation over the 1-3 THz range. This proposed system will provide high resolution molecular fingerprint… More

High Power Narrow Linewidth 1.26 Micron Ho-Doped Fiber Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,726.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of an innovative, high power, and extremely reliable 1.26-micron Ho-doped fluoride fiber amplifier. The proposed fiber amplifier consists of a Ho-doped fluoride fiber pre-amplifier and power amplifier. Laser at 1187 nm will be used as a resonant pump laser… More

Tunable Narrow Linewidth, Low Noise 2.05 Micron Single Frequency Seeder Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
We propose an all-fiber based 2.05-micron single frequency, narrow linewidth seeder laser with 10 nm tuning range and 5GHz frequency modulation for next generation LIDAR system. Highly Tm-doped fiber laser is used as a resonant pump source in order to reduce the phase noise and laser linewidth. An… More

High SBS-Threshold Er/Yb Co-Doped Phosphate Glass Fiber Amplifiers for High Power, Sub-us Pulsed, Narrow Linewidth, All Fiber-Based Laser Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,749.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, NP Photonics has achieved 1.2 kW peak power for 105 ns fiber laser pulses, and successfully demonstrated the feasibility to produce monolithic high SBS threshold narrow linewidth fiber amplifiers for all fiber-based laser transmitters ideally suited to NASA's active remote sensing… More

Efficient high power tunable THz source based on all fiber-based pulsed fiber lasers at ~ 2 mm"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Engineer – (520) 799-7413
Award Amount: $749,781.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
In Phase I, NP Photonics has successfully demonstrated the feasibility of a fiber-based THz source that can generate high power, narrow linewidth, and tunable THz radiation by leveraging NP"s proprietary unique fibers, fiber lasers/amplifiers, and THz techniques. In Phase II, we will develop… More

Non-lethal avian active denial system based on 2 micron fiber laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $99,868.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of an efficient 2-micron, eye-safe, high power laser designed for next generation non-lethal avian active denial systems that can be used to repel birds in critical areas around aircraft and other high value system. Efficient laser operation resulting from high… More

Compact all-fiber 2 micron isolator and pump combiner

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $99,913.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of new all-fiber based isolator and side pump combiner for use with high-power fiber lasers operating at 2 micron wavelength. Although the current 2 micron fiber lasers are approaching 1 KW level, the developments of 2 micron fiber-based passive components are… More

1.26 Single Frequency Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,506.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of an innovative compact, high power, and extremely reliable 1.26 micron Ho-doped single frequency fiber laser. The proposed single frequency seeder fiber laser consists of Raman pump laser and single frequency 1.26-micron fiber laser, which will be constructed… More

High power wide band optical fiber amplifier for satellite communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wenyan Tian, Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $99,882.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics has developed high power C-band fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers for telecommunications, Lidar, and sensing. We are developing new glass and fiber technology that is the basis for new family of very compact, high gain, and low noise fiber amplifier products. NP Photonics has applied… More

Single mode THz crystal fiber as efficient THz parametric converter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Engineer – (520) 799-7413
Award Amount: $749,367.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, NP Photonics has successfully demonstrated the feasibility to fabricate a single mode THz crystal fiber as THz parametric converter that can generate high power, narrow linewidth, and tunable THz source by leveraging our proprietary fiber processing techniques. In Phase II, we will… More

Ultra Compact Passive Mode-Locked All-Fiber 2 Micron Fiber Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, PhD
Award Amount: $149,979.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project focuses on the development of a compact all-fiber-based, short pulse (< ps) mode-locked laser operating in the 2-micron wavelength band. The laser will be constructed from Tm-doped germanate glass fiber, which provides high optical gain… More

High Power Narrow Linewidth 1.26 Micron Ho-Doped Fiber Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,848.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of an innovative, high power, and extremely reliable 1.26-micron Ho-doped fluoride fiber amplifier. The proposed fiber amplifier consists of a Ho-doped fluoride fiber pre-amplifier and power amplifier. Laser at 1187 nm will be used as a resonant pump laser… More

Tunable Narrow Linewidth, Low Noise 2.05 Micron Single Frequency Seeder Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jianfeng Wu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,794.00
Abstract:
We propose an all-fiber based 2.05-micron single frequency, narrow linewidth seeder laser with 10 nm tuning range and 5GHz frequency modulation for next generation LIDAR system. Highly Tm-doped fiber laser is used as a resonant pump source in order to reduce the phase noise and laser linewidth. An… More

50 mJ Monolithic 2 um Pulsed Fiber Laser Transmitter in 200 ns Regime with Transform-Limited Linewidth Based on Highly Tm-Doped Germanate Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,726.00
Abstract:
For NASA's various types of coherent LIDAR applications, NP Photonics propose to develop a 50 mJ monolithic 2 micron pulsed fiber laser transmitter in 200 ns regime with transform-limited linewidth, leveraging on NP's proprietary germanate active fibers. NP's patented large core SM PM… More

Deep ultraviolet laser for Raman spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Principal Engineer – (520) 799-7413
Award Amount: $99,985.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop an ultra-stable, compact, and highly reliable deep ultraviolet (UV) laser source for Raman spectroscopy. For this, we will draw on NP Photonics"long experience with the commercialization of single-frequency fiber lasers and amplifiers. In cooperation with the… More

Optical Cryocooling for Space-borne Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Dan T. Nguyen, Optical Engineer – (520) 799-7419
Award Amount: $99,900.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose to develop a light weight, compact, vibration-less and micro-scale cooler for space-mission conditions based on optical refrigeration using an all-fiber approach. Specifically, we will use a Tm+3-doped fiber laser to pump Tm+3-doped glass fibers, which provide the cooling… More

Modeling of pulse propagation in a four level atomic medium for gyroscopic measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Dan Nguyen, Optical Modeling Engineer – (520) 799-7419
Award Amount: $79,954.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
We propose to develop numerical methodologies that can be used as alternatives to standard finite-difference time-domain algorithms, and that will offer substantial reductions in numerical complexity (notably CPU-time requirements) without the need to trade-off flexibility for overall robustness. In… More

Optical Cooling of RF systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Dan Nguyen, Optical Modeling Engineer – (520) 799-7419
Award Amount: $742,821.00
RI Contact: Sherry L. Esham
Abstract:
This Phase II Proposal is for the development of an all-fiber based approach to optical cooling for RF systems: a high power, high efficiency Tm+3-doped fiber laser (Lambda from 1.9 microns to ~ 2 microns) is used to pump Tm+3-doped glass fibers, which provide the cooling action on the affixed heat… More

High power S-band tunable all fiber based transmitter for satellite communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Wenyan Tian, Optical Engineer – (520) 799-7437
Award Amount: $99,745.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: NP Photonics has developed high power single frequency narrow linewidth 1550nm and 1064nm fiber laser products for LIDAR, sensing, and telecommunications. The fiber laser incorporates proprietary fiber technology developed at NP Photonics. Current state-of-art technologies have been… More

All Fiber-based Ultrashort Chirped Pulse Amplification Laser Operating at 2um Wavelengths Based on Thulium Doped Germanate Active Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technology Officer – (520) 799-7438
Award Amount: $79,878.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop an all fiber-based ultrashort fiber laser system capable of generating high average power (multi-watt), single mode beam (M2<2) with high peak power per pulse and ultrashort pulse width (<1 ps). This type of laser has significant advantages in terms of… More

All Fiber-based automatic pulse shaper for efficient energy scaling of ultrashort 2 micron fiber laser pulses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Director Laser&THz Tech – (520) 799-7413
Award Amount: $79,908.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop an all fiber-based automatic pulse shaper with an adaptive control loop by integrating 2 micron MUX/DEMUX and phase modulator array based on commercial fiber-pigtailed components at 2 micron (phase modulator, circulator, and FBG). This project will be leveraged upon… More

Miniature Ultraviolet (UV) Laser Source below 280 nanometers (nm)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Wei Shi, Director Laser&THz Tech – (520) 799-7413
Award Amount: $79,938.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop a miniature UV pulsed laser source operating below 280 nm for NAVY"s applications to counter hostile fire identification (HFI) and degraded visual environments (DVE) by providing superior LIDAR and 3D imaging. The UV laser source is based on a novel IR fiber… More

Supercontinuum Laser for Multi-Spectral Energy Propagation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technology Officer – (520) 799-7438
Award Amount: $749,938.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser with the capability to propagate a multi-spectral laser beam with 2 Watts of time-averaged power. This program focuses on all fiber optic approach with particular emphasis on covering the mid-IR portion of the electromagnetic… More

Optical Frequency Comb-Based 10 GHz Microwave Oscillators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rajesh Thapa, Laser Scientist – (520) 799-7494
Award Amount: $99,946.00
Abstract:
Low phase noise microwave oscillator based on the phase-coherent division of the optical signal are very compelling tool for many scientific applications such as high bandwidth precise timing distribution and synchronization, novel imaging techniques, precision metrology and spectroscopy, and radar… More

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

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jie Zong, Principal Engineer of Tec – (520) 799-7470
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop a tellurite fiber coupler system capable of combining multiple mid-infrared laser sources at different wavelengths for infrared countermeasure applications. Low loss mid-infrared fiber couplers with the desired wavelength dependence will be fabricated with NP… More

All Fiber-based Ultrashort Chirped Pulse Amplification Laser Operating at 2um Wavelengths Based on Thulium Doped Germanate Active Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technical Officer – (520) 799-7438
Award Amount: $749,988.00
Abstract:
NP Photonics proposes to develop an all fiber-based ultrashort fiber laser system capable of generating high average power (multi-watt), single mode beam (M2<2) with high peak power per pulse and ultrashort pulse width (<1 ps). This type of laser has significant advantages in terms of… More

Optical System for Precision Atomic Clocks and Stable Oscillators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technology Officer – (520) 907-8014
Award Amount: $149,625.00
Abstract:
Ultra-stable and accurate frequency and timing devices such as atomic clocks are essential for modern communication, navigation, surveillance, and missile guidance systems. There are many atomic oscillators such as neutral calcium and neutral ytterbium that produce clock signal in optical domain.… More