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High Energy Laser (HEL) Beam Combination

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
78494
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-D04-1055
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: 2007
Title: High Energy Laser (HEL) Beam Combination
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA9451-07-C-0005
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

Electrically driven High Energy Lasers (HELs) can perform target detection and illumination, missile defense, aircraft and area self-protection, and missions requiring precision engagement and/or graduated force/lethality. These lasers must provide at least 10 to 100 kW of output power with excellent beam quality, and have high electro-optical efficiency and output power to weight ratio, and have simple thermal management requirements. To meet these demanding requirements, Aculight proposes a new spectrally beam combined (SBC) fiber laser system. The approach allows spectral combination of many lower-power fiber lasers, into a single beam with excellent beam quality. The fiber lasers, and therefore the entire system, has much better efficiency, power-to-weight-ratio, and thermal manageability than conventional solid-state lasers. The proposed approach for the Phase II effort utilizes two gratings in an optical design that allows much broader line widths for each fiber laser, enabling much higher power per fiber and reduced system complexity.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas H. Loftus
Principal Investigator
4254821100
tom.loftus@aculight.com

Business Contact:

Dennis D. Lowenthal
VP of Research & Developm
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