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Compact, Short-Pulse Laser Source for Active Imaging Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61541
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
73137S03-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2004
Title: Compact, Short-Pulse Laser Source for Active Imaging Systems
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-03ER83589
Award Amount: $749,993.00
 

Abstract:

73137-Future active imaging systems for national security applications (for remote reconnaissance, monitoring and characterization of hard targets, and compact surveillance devices) require compact, rugged, and efficient short-pulse laser sources that can operate over a wide-repetition-rate range. To deploy these devices on ground, air, and space platforms, the new laser sources are required to increase the range and improve image resolution. This project will develop a short pulse, high power, high-repetition-rate laser source based on innovative fiber amplifier technology to meet these requirements. The approach uses recently developed components from the telecommunications industry to realize an all-fiber-based laser source that is efficient, compact, and very reliable. In Phase I, a very compact, robust, and small-size fiber laser system was built and delivered to the DOE. The feasibility of the concept was demonstrated by generating pulses with a peak power of 100 kW and a pulse duration of 700 ps. A preliminary design of a 10W, 1.54 ¿m power amplifier that generates <1 ns between 100 kHz -1000 kHz was completed. In Phase II, a pulsed fiber laser system that exceeds DOE specifications will be built. The fiber laser system will generate 10W of average power with a pulse duration less than 1 ns at a repetition rate of 100-1000 kHz. The output of the fiber laser source will be polarized. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: Short pulse, cost effective fiber laser systems should find a variety of military and industrial applications fin imaging systems. As the laser systems are maintenance-free, no specialty trained personnel are required for reliable operation.

Principal Investigator:

Matthias Savage-Leuchs
Dr.
4254821100
msavage-leuchs@aculight.com

Business Contact:

Dennis Lowenthal
Dr.
4254821100
dennis.lowenthal@aculight.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aculight Corporation
11805 North Creek Parkway South Suite 113 Bothell, WA 98011

EIN/Tax ID: 911581683
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No