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Mid-infrared Fiber Laser Based on Super-Continuum

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
74365
Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
05ST1-0088
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
OMNI SCIENCES, INC.
9477 N. Territorial Rd. Dexter, MI 48130-8583
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Mid-infrared Fiber Laser Based on Super-Continuum
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-0159
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

Infrared counter-measures require a mid-infrared laser operating between 3-5 microns with average powers of tens of watts. Omni Sciences, Inc.'s (OSI's) aims to develop a Mid-Infra-Red FIber Laser (MIRFIL) based on super-continuum (SC) generation that produces a continuous spectrum between 1-5 microns. OSI has demonstrated broadband SC in high-nonlinearity fused silica (HiNL) and ZBLAN fluoride fibers using laser diode pumping. For HiNL the SC covers ~950nm to ~2700nm, while in ZBLAN the spectrum covers ~850nm to ~3600nm. This SC is unique in that modelocked lasers are not required and only short fiber lengths are used. The spectral density is more than three (eight) orders-of-magnitude brighter than a lamp in average (peak) power. In Phase I OSI will develop a MIRFIL covering the 3-5 micron window. The HiNL results will be extended to ~3600nm using extra drying steps in the fiber. The ZBLAN results will be extended to ~5000nm by tailoring the material composition of ZBLAN to reduce the bend induced loss. Damage threshold and power scaling will also be tested. In preparation for Phase II, a MIRFIL will be designed that can reach power levels of tens of watts over the 3-5 micron window.

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Freeman
Director of Research
7344200190
mikefreeman@voyager.net

Business Contact:

Mohammed N. Islam
President & Chief Technology Office
7343539333
mnislam@comcast.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Omni Sciences, Inc.
647 Spring Valley Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 200921205
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
Elect. Eng. and Comp. Sci., 1301 Beal Avenue, 1110 EECS
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Contact: Elaine Brock
Contact Phone: (734) 936-1289
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university