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High-Power Vertical Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Space Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
81702
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-020-0460
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B Suite B Ventura, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: High-Power Vertical Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Space Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7703
Award Amount: $99,962.00
 

Abstract:

Instead of making incremental improvements to the inherent weakness of the laser facet, Aerius Photonics proposes to fabricate space-qualifiable laser pump arrays that eliminate the weakness of the facet altogether by using kilowatt-capable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which use a distributed mirror, effectively decoupling the feedback mirror from the output window. When compared to edge-emitting laser arrays, VCSELs offer (1) lower power density at the exit aperture, reducing hotspots, (2) simplified optics, (3) a single solder interface, (4) arbitrary array shape, (5)lower wavelength drift over temperature, and (6) a lower inherent production cost due to their ease of processing and testing. At the end of a successful Phase II, Aerius will deliver arrays with an emission wavelength of 808 nm and an output power of greater than 1000W per bar stack and demonstrating high reliability in a high vacuum environment. In Phase I, they will perform baseline reliability studies of kilowatt-capable VCSEL arrays in vacuum, and formulate a next-generation design based on the results of testing and a thorough trade study.

Principal Investigator:

Michael MacDougal
Vice-President of Engineering
8056424645
macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Jonathan Geske
Presidetn
8056424645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AERIUS PHOTONICS, LLC.
4160 Market St., Suite 6 Ventura, CA 93003

EIN/Tax ID: 200992331
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No