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High-Power Fiber-Optical Switch for Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM) Laser…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
77109
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-039-0222
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ALL OPTRONICS, INC.
Arizona Center for Innovation, UA Sci & Tucson, AZ 85747
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: High-Power Fiber-Optical Switch for Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM) Laser Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-06-M-0231
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to develop a new fiber optic switch for IRCM applications. The purpose of the phase I program is to demonstrate the feasibility of a high power 1xN (N=2-6) fiber optic switch operating in the mid IR region. By carefully optimizing each individual optical component, the optical switch will have a minimum net insertion loss of less than ~0.25dB at given laser wavelengths in the mid IR region. A pathway to develop a highly ruggedized optical switch for military applications is outlined and will be vigorously pursued during the tenure of the phase I program. The technical goals of the phase I program are to (a) experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of the key performance parameters and (b) to conduct preliminary packaging design of a ruggedized switch. BENEFITS: The Navy has interest in infrared counter measure systems that use lasers to protect aircraft from infrared-guided threats. Among the counter measure architectures under consideration is a centrally located laser with distribution by optical fiber to multiple tracker-pointer output assemblies. This approach reduces volume, weight, and cost. An enabling technology for this architecture is a robust fiber-optic switch. This program would provide the Navy with a high performance switch with low insertion loss and the capability to handle high power. The switch will also be important for civilian applications such as laser marking, laser machining, laser micromachining, and forensic science.

Principal Investigator:

Alan Kost
Associate Professor
5206267596
akost@uarizona.edu

Business Contact:

Katherine Liu
President
5202291324
kliu@alloptronics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALL OPTRONICS, INC.
Arizona Center for Innovation, UA Sci & Tucson, AZ 85747

EIN/Tax ID: 421614261
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF ARIZONA
888 N. Euclid Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Contact: Janet Hornung
Contact Phone: (520) 626-6000
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university