Supercontinuum Laser for Multi-Spectral Energy Propagation
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DOD / NAVY
NP Photonics proposes to develop a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser with the capability to propagate a multi-spectral laser beam with 2 Watts of time-averaged power. This program focuses on all fiber optic approach with particular emphasis on covering the mid-IR portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Mid-infrared lasers are key enabling technology for various applications such as remote chemical sensing, defense communications and countermeasures, and bio-photonic diagnostics and therapeutics. Conventional mid-IR sources include optical parametric amplifiers, quantum cascade lasers, synchrotron and free electron lasers. An all-fiber approach, based on highly nonlinear tellurite fiber, to generate a high power (multi-watt), single mode beam (M2<2) with extremely wide (2fYm-5fYm) and simultaneous wavelength coverage has significant advantages in terms of reliability (no moving parts or alignment), room temperature operation, size, weight, and power efficiency; this is expected to have a major impact on many applications, particularly infrared countermeasures.
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NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120 Tucson, AZ -
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