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Compact, High Power Midwave Infrared Lasers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
64622
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-0236
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, High Power Midwave Infrared Lasers
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00178-04-C-3040
Award Amount: $599,924.00
 

Abstract:

The Navy requires high power laser sources that can provide multi-Watt output power levels in the mid-infrared for optical countermeasures of anti-ship missiles. Current state-of-art laser transmitters, consisting of diode-pumped solid-state lasers and optical parametric oscillators, have demonstrated the required optical power and wavelength in the mid-infrared spectral region. However, these laser systems are complex and expensive customized devices. To provide reliable and affordable mid-wave lasers for ship-based infrared countermeasures (IRCM), Aculight Corporation proposes a novel laser source based on commercial fiber-optic technology coupled with an innovative wavelength shifter to provide high power, broad bandwidth radiation in the mid-infrared. The Phase I experiments demonstrated the feasibility of combining multiple commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) telecom fiber amplifiers into a high-power mid-wave laser for IRCM. In the Phase II, a moderate power brassboard IRCM laser will be built using COTS telecom fiber-optics components and a novel wavelength shifter. The brassboard laser will be delivered to the Navy for testing at the completion of the Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Mark S. Bowers
Principal Investigator
4254821100
mark.bowers@aculight.com

Business Contact:

Dennis D. Lowenthal
Vice President of R&D
4254821100
dennis.lowenthal@aculight.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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