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Compact, Short-Pulse Laser Source for Active Imaging Systems

Award Information

Department of Energy
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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
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Compact, Short-Pulse Laser Source for Active Imaging Systems
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-03ER83589
Award Amount: $100,000.00


73137S03-IFuture active imaging systems for national security applications require compact, rugged, and efficient short-pulse laser sources that can operate over a wide-repetition-rate range. These systems can generate high-resolution topographical maps, which can help detect the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. However, to achieve adequate range and resolution in airborne and space-borne systems, the laser sources must have short pulse duration, high repetition rate, and higher power than can be currently obtained with conventional laser technology. This project will develop a short pulse, high power, high-repetition-rate laser source based on innovative, fiber amplifier technology. The approach will make use of many components developed recently for the telecommunications industry. The all-fiber-based laser source will be efficient, compact, and reliable. Phase I will: (1) build and deliver a packaged, low-power seed source that exceeds all specifications in the solicitation; (2) develop a design for a high-power amplifier to be delivered in Phase II; and (3) perform low-power experiments to validate the design. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: An all-fiber-based laser source should find use in a variety of military applications. Commercial applications include a laser source for medical diagnostics and instruments for industrial processing.

Principal Investigator:

Matthias Savage-Leuchs

Business Contact:

Dennis Lowenthal
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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