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All Fiber-based Ultrashort Chirped Pulse Amplification Laser Operating at 2um…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N103-210-0216
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N103-210
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120 Tucson, AZ 85747-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: All Fiber-based Ultrashort Chirped Pulse Amplification Laser Operating at 2um Wavelengths Based on Thulium Doped Germanate Active Fibers
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-11-C-0098
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 reliability (no moving parts or alignment), room temperature operation, size, weight, and power efficiency compared to conventional solid state lasers. The active fiber in the laser is based on a highly efficient thulium doped germanate glass fiber which operates at 2 microns wavelengths. It represents the heart of the optical engine consisting of a mode-locked fiber laser and large mode area fiber amplifiers. This laser system is expected to have a major impact on many applications, such as, for example, infrared countermeasures (IRCM) where a suitable ultra-short pulse laser operating near 2m is needed to generate mid-IR (3m - 5m) super-continuum in a nonlinear optical fiber. We will target an all-fiber based laser performance with energy per pulse of at least 5 microjoules, repetition rate of 1 - 10 kHz, and

Principal Investigator:

Arturo Chavez-Pirson
Chief Technology Officer
(520) 799-7438
chavez@npphotonics.com

Business Contact:

James Fountain
Director Contract Adminis
(520) 799-7424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120 Tucson, AZ -

EIN/Tax ID: 860999108
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No