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KW Fiber Pump Combiner with Polarization Maintaining Feed Through

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-015-2207
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-015
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
SUB-MICRON ENGINEERING CORP
P.O. BOX 509 MARLBORO, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: KW Fiber Pump Combiner with Polarization Maintaining Feed Through
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9451-11-M-0022
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

In this Phase I effort we plan to research and develop new methods, fixtures and processes for the fabrication of fused fiber components for high power fiber laser systems. We will initially focus on investigating, designing and testing new heat sources that provide a significant improvement in process control and are scalable to very large fiber bundles and very high pump powers. We will build sample 7:1 pump combiner using the newly developed heat sources, and test these combiners at pump power levels greater than 1kW to ensure the cleanliness of the fusion process. We will propose and model novel 6+1:1 feed-though combiner designs and fabrication processes that are applicable for high-power co- and counter-pumped configurations, including compatibility with polarization-maintaining (PM) large mode area (LMA) and photonic crystal (PCF) fibers operating at Yb or Tm wavelengths. BENEFIT: The completion of Phase I will provide the foundation for a Phase II effort that will lead to the development of novel glass processing equipment for the fabrication of very high-power optical fiber components and systems. This equipment will then be used in the research and development of bi-directional feed-through pump combiners for multi-kW fiber laser systems. There is a great potential military and commercial market for high power fiber lasers. Additionally, there is a smaller market potential for the fabrication equipment and components necessary to build these fiber laser systems.

Principal Investigator:

Eric Mies
President
(800) 881-4211
emies@smicron.com

Business Contact:

Tiffany Lee
General Manager
(800) 881-4211
tlee@smicron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SUB-MICRON ENGINEERING CORP
P.O. BOX 509 MARLBORO, NJ -

EIN/Tax ID: 271276505
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No