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Ultra Compact Multi kW Fiber Amplifier Platform

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Optical Engines, Inc.
CO Crystal Lake, CO 60012-3793
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Ultra Compact Multi kW Fiber Amplifier Platform
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9451-11-C-0137
Award Amount: $750,000.00


ABSTRACT: During the phase 1 program, Optical Engines, Inc. has demonstrated the key components necessary to create an ultra compact multi kW Yb based PM PCF amplifier. These components include a 3 fiber coupled laser diode stack with an aggregate power output of over 1200 W at 976nm, an etched air taper all fiber combiner in a 6+1 to 1 configuration with 94.4% pump efficiency, over 90% core signal efficiency, 20dB PER, and has been power tested to 1.5kW. These components, along with a 40um Yb PM PCF core, 500um Air clad cladding fiber have been combined to create an all fiber amplifier of over 1kW. In the Phase 2 program these components will be combined to create a TRL 5 ready, narrow band amplifier in the multi kW range. BENEFIT: The development of a ultra compact multi kW amplifier module will have the impact of providing a common platform for defense and industrial applications allowing for economies of scale and economies of scope.

Principal Investigator:

Donald L. Sipes Jr
President and CEO
(815) 383-8303

Business Contact:

Donald L. Sipes
President and CEO
(815) 383-8303
Small Business Information at Submission:

Optical Engines Inc
842 S Sierra Madre St STE D Colorado Springs, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 201860751
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No