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High Energy Laser Diagnostics for Space Based Applications

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aculight Corporation
22121 20th Avenue SE Bothell, WA 98021-4408
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: High Energy Laser Diagnostics for Space Based Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F29601-03-C-0191
Award Amount: $749,889.00


Aculight proposes to develop a novel laser source that will enable fundamental spectroscopic studies of Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) to be performed by the Air Force, providing vital design information for the development of high power HF lasers. The source willbe a continuous wave optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a distributed feedback fiber laser. It will be designed to be capable of 500mW output in a single longitudinal mode, with 25GHz continuous frequency tuning at wavelengths between 2.3microns and 2.9 microns. The same technology can be extended to allow operation between 1.5 and 4 microns, and potential application to spectroscopy of a wide range of other gas species. The key advance in the phase II effort will be the development of anew high power fiber oscillator amplifier pump source for the OPO. The device will build upon the feasibility demonstration in phase I, where an OPO pumped by a diode laser was used to demonstrate spectroscopy of carbon dioxide at 2.7 microns. The phase IIfiber-pumped device will provide greatly increased power and stability. A packaged deliverable device will be supplied to AFRL at the end of phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Angus Henderson
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Roy D. Mead
Vice President of IP
Small Business Information at Submission:

11805 North Creek Parkway S., Suite 113 Bothell, WA 98011

EIN/Tax ID: 911581683
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No