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High Efficiency Multi-band Mid-Infrared Superconti

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
92173
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-069-0612
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: 2009
Title: High Efficiency Multi-band Mid-Infrared Superconti
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-B802
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Fixed and rotary winged aircraft require directed infrared counter-measures (DIRCM) systems to self-protect against heat seeking missiles, and the multi-spectral light source used in DIRCM is a key enabling technology and differentiator. A super-continuum (SC) laser is an attractive candidate for the DIRCM light source, but to be efficacious the SC must be capable of being modulated with jamming codes, the wall-plug efficiency of the SC generation must be improved, and the power in each of the DIRCM wavelength bands must be increased. Omni Sciences, Inc. (OSI) has developed a Mid-Infrared Super-continuum Laser (MIRSCL) using fibers and telecom components and that generates broadband, super-continuum covering simultaneously the wavelength range from ~0.8 to ~4.3 microns. To meet the Army DIRCM requirements, the MIRSCL will be modulated to support jamming codes with 25% duty cycle, and the electrical power consumption and heat dissipation will be reduced by modulating the power amplifier pump lasers. In addition, the MIRSCL wall-plug efficiency can be increased by a factor of 2-3X by using a thulium-doped power amplifier to replace the current erbium/ytterbium fiber amplifier. The SC power will be increased and optimized for Band IV-A (3.8-4.3 microns) by using a high-NA ZBLAN fluoride fiber.

Principal Investigator:

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

Business Contact:

Mohammed N. Islam
Founder and CTO
7343539333
mni@umich.edu
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