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Company Information:

Company Name: ONYX OPTICS, INC.
City: Dublin
State: CA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (925) 833-1969

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,128,061.00 13
SBIR Phase II $4,749,121.00 6

Award List:

Diode Pumped Solid State Crystalline Composite Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner
Award Amount: $49,540.00
Abstract:
Modeling data at the naval research laboratory have demonstrated that efficiency and beam quality of side-pumped laser diode-pumped cth:yag laser rods at high repetition rates are improved by applying a laser-inactive cladding around the periphery of the lasing medium and end caps for ficturing the… More

Quasi-Phase Matched Stacks of InP for Frequency Conversion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth E. Meissner
Award Amount: $58,371.00
Abstract:
Phase matching for frequency conversion can in principle be achieved with cubic crystals with high nonlinear optical coefficients, high damage thresholds and wide regions of optical transparency by using a periodic arrangement of thin plates of the material oriented such that the sign of the… More

Composite Nd(3+):YAG/Sapphire Waveguide Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth E. Meissner
Award Amount: $56,517.00
Abstract:
We propose to investigate a fabrication process of crystalline waveguide lasers (CWGL) by optically bonding dissimilar crystals into composite structures. Since YAG is the most widely used laser host crystal, we chose Nd:YAG with undoped YAG ends as the guiding medium for the fabrication of buried… More

Single crystal stacks of ZnSe for high power frequency conversion in the infrared

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Helmuth E. Meissner
Award Amount: $68,673.00
Abstract:
Periodic stacks of quasi-phase-matched (QPM) nonlinear optical crystals can overcome walk-off and laser damage problems of birefringent crystals used for frequency conversion in the IR: QPM stacks of cubic nonlinear optical III-V semiconductor crystals of the zinc blende structure offer the… More

YAG/Sapphire Composite Crystals as Lasing Components for High Average Power Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth E. Meissner
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to investigate a fabrication process of crystalline waveguide lasers (CWGL) by optically bonding dissimilar crystals into composite structures. Since YAG is the most widely used laser host crystal, we chose Nd:YAG with undoped YAG ends as the guiding medium for the fabrication of buried… More

Single Crystal Stacks of ZnSe for High Power Frequency Conversion in the Infrared

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Helmuth E. Meissner
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Periodic stacks of quasi-phase-matched (QPM) nonlinear optical crystals can overcome walk-off and laser damage problems of birefringent crystals used for frequency conversion in the IR: QPM stacks of cubic nonlinear optical III-V semiconductor crystals of the zinc blende structure offer the… More

Efficient Manufacture of Flanged Composite Yb:YAG Laser Rods for kW-Class Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chairman of the Board
Award Amount: $69,612.00
Abstract:
"Military and commercial applications of diode pumped solid state lasers (DPSSL) using end-pumped flanged Yb:YAG composite rods, incorporating Onyx Optics Adhesive-Free Bond (AFB) and flange-finishing technology, have the potential for significant growthbecause they represent a new class of compact,… More

Nd:GGG Adhesive-Free Bonding to enable 100kW Heat Capacity Laser for Ground and Air Based Missile Defense Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chairman of the Board
Award Amount: $69,315.00
Abstract:
Onyx Optics herein seeks SBIR funding to further its efforts related to GGG Adhesive-Free Bonding (AFB) for the 100kW Heat Capacity Laser program. To date efforts have focused on AFB of parasitic absorbing Cr4+:GGG claddings onto a central Nd:GGG slab. Thework being proposed here also would evaluate… More

Nd:GGG Adhesive-Free Bonding to enable 100kW Heat Capacity Laser for Ground and Air Based Missile Defense Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth E. Meissner, Chairman
Award Amount: $749,665.00
Abstract:
Diode-pumped solid state lasers are increasingly designed for MDA applications where scalability to high power, reliability and compactness are required. Thermal power handling of the lasing elements is a design parameter that has been addressed byreducing their thickness. Composite slabs… More

AFB Planar Ring Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chairman
Award Amount: $97,817.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, we propose a design and risk reduction study that will be focused on the feasibility of fabricating low-cost narrow-linewidth monolithic and unidirectional diode-pumped ring lasers using Nd3+:YVO4 and Nd3+:YAG as the laser gain elements. The goal of this proposal will be the completion… More

Advanced Zinc Germanium Phosphide for Mid-IR Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chairman of the Board
Award Amount: $99,805.00
Abstract:
Tunable solid state mid-IR lasers are desirable for many applications, including remote sensing, trace gas detection, multispectral imaging and optical communications in poor visibility conditions and molecular spectroscopy. Solid state lasers that operate at wavelengths longer than about 4 ìm… More

Advanced Zinc Germanium Phosphide for Mid-IR Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $749,849.00
Abstract:
The Phase II Proposal will address walk-off correction of non-linear crystals. The expected result from the proposed work is a defined strategy for the production of critically or non-critically phase matched walk-off corrected assemblies of uniaxial and biaxial crystals that allows their… More

Edge Bonding of Infrared Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $79,934.00
Abstract:
Onyx Optics, Inc. proposes to apply its patented AFBr (Adhesive-Free Bond) composites process that has been developed for solid state laser components to the edge bonding fabrication of IR windows. The key process step is to obtain optical contact between the components to be bonded, followed by… More

Edge Bonding of Infrared Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The technical feasibility of mechanical and optical property requirements of mid-IR sapphire windows has been established on samples taken from small sapphire composites during the course of the Phase I effort. The critical hurdles to be overcome for producing sapphire windows of 760x760x20mm by… More

Coilable crystalline fiber (CCF) Er-doped eye-safe laser gain medium

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chief Technical Officer – (925) 833-1969
Award Amount: $149,907.00
Abstract:
The Phase I effort aims to demonstrate a new approach to coilable crystalline fiber lasers that builds on Onyx Optics"experience of manufacturing adhesive-free composite waveguide structures to produce bendable double-core laser ribbons. Onyx Optics proposes to focus on the manufacturing and… More

Reduced-Cost Grinding and Polishing of Large Sapphire Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Helmuth Meissner, Chief Technology Officer – (925) 833-1969
Award Amount: $78,660.00
Abstract:
The proposed process improvements leading to cost reductions would be implemented gradually during the course of a Phase I effort, starting with a process that is well in control and adding one variable at a time. The strategy that is proposed to reduce the cost of polishing sapphire plates of… More

High Energy Single Frequency Yb:YAG Crystalline Fiber Waveguide Master Oscillator Power Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaodong Mu, R&D Manager
Award Amount: $124,980.00
Abstract:
The overall objective is to demonstrate the concept of Yb:YAG crystalline fiber MOPA laser and investigation the technical feasibility toward 50 mJ single frequency MOPA system in the Phase-II research. Onyx Optics crystalline fiber waveguides are made from true rare-earth doped YAG crystals with… More

Composite Single Crystal Silicon Scan Mirror Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaodong Mu, R&D Manager
Award Amount: $124,930.00
Abstract:
Single crystal silicon is a desirable mirror substrate for scan mirrors in space telescopes. As diameters of mirrors become larger, existing manufacturing capabilities of single crystal silicon (SCSi) cannot supply sizes that are larger than about 450 mm in diameter. Onyx Optics proposes to develop… More

Coilable crystalline fiber (CCF) Er-doped eye-safe laser gain medium

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Helmuth E. Meissner, Chief Technology Officer – (925) 833-1969
Award Amount: $999,607.00
Abstract:
Yb:YAG crystalline fiber lasers can have a 9 times higher power limit (16.9 kW vs 1.89 kW) for narrowband lasers than a Yb-silica fiber laser due to the higher thermal conductivity (10.7 vs 1.38 W/m C) and the reduced SBS (stimulated Brillouin scattering) gain coefficient (10**(-15) to 10**(-12) vs… More