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Fiber laser for advanced guidance research

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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2005 / 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 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Fiber laser for advanced guidance research
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0239
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The DoD requires new sources of eye safe, short pulse, laser radiation to enable the next generation laser radar (LADAR) seekers. Conventional eye safe laser sources using diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) and optical parametric oscillator (OPO) technologies have difficulties to meet the packaging requirements and to operate with constant pulse width at variable repetition rate. Also, the efficiency of DPSSL+OPO systems is two times lower compared to 1.5┬┐Ym fiber laser systems. In Phase I of this project, Aculight will build and deliver to the DoD a prototype fiber laser that will meet the pulse duration, beam quality, and polarization requirement for the next generation LADAR lasers but at slightly reduced power. In Phase II Aculight will deliver a full power all-fiber laser transmitter meeting the DoD requirements. Our novel approach enables flexible compact packaging without the need for any free space propagation and leverages heavily from the telecommunications industry, using off the shelf fiber-optic components where available.

Principal Investigator:

Matthias Savage-Leuchs
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Dennis D. Lowenthal
VP of Research & Development
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