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High-Power, Continuous-Wave 3.0- to 3.5-Micron Emitting Quantum Cascade Semiconductor Laser

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The technical objective of this proposal is to demonstrate a Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) emitting in the 3.0-3.5 & #181;m wavelength region, which employs a metamorphic buffer layer (MBL). It is the goal of this program to develop a QCL single-stripe… more

Array Packaging of High Power, High Efficiency, Quantum Cascade Lasers

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The use of directed energy at long distances, such as for aircraft defense, requires a high power (>100 W) light source within the mid-infrared spectral region (3-5 micron). Power scaling of individual quantum cascade lasers using 1-D and 2-D arrays seems… more

Mid-wave Infrared (MWIR) Illuminator for Ground and Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Targeting

Company: Pranalytica, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: We propose the development of an ultra-compact and highly reliable quantum cascade laser (QCL) two-color module with operating range from 100m to over 3km for weapon-mounted applications and up to 10km for small unmanned aircraft systems. Operational… more

High-Power Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser Array with Continuous-Wave Output Power Exceeding 100W

Company: Pranalytica, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Development of a 100W QCL platform based on 2-D QCL bar array is proposed. QCL bar geometry will be optimized for the highest wall plug efficiency under full operating conditions. Each element in the array will deliver optical power of 3W to 4W in high quality beam with beam quality parameter M2 = 1… more

Rapidly and Broadly Tunable High-Power Infrared Lasers for Standoff Detection Applications

Company: Pranalytica, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: In response to the Army STTR Topic A14A-T015 solicitation for tunable high-power LWIR lasers for standoff detection applications, Pranalytica proposes to develop a compact, rugged and highly reliable wavelength tunable quantum cascade laser (QCL) module… more

High-Power Mid-Infrared Quantum Cascade Laser Array with Continuous-Wave Output Power Exceeding 100W

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The objective of the present program is to develop a lambda ~ 4.6 microns source based on a stack of QCL bars with unprecedented power level exceeding 100 Watts while maintaining good beam quality. The solution proposed needs to be (1) compatible with beam combining solutions and (2) scalable to the… more

Widely Tunable High Power Quantum Cascade Laser Arrays for Standoff Detection

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: To achieve the goals of this program improving spectral coverage and output power of monolithic QCL sources as well as the development of a production and manufacturing plan - we propose to develop in collaboration with MIT Lincoln Laboratory a broadly tunable high power source that is based on… more

Advanced Wavelength Tuners for Chem-Bio Detection Lasers

Company: LFK Technology Corp. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Several laser types are in development by the government for advanced proximal sensors, including the quantum cascade laser, the miniature solid state laser with optical parametric oscillator and the miniature CO2 gas laser. The enabling critical component… more

100-W Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) Bars and 1-kW QCL Stacks

Company: TeraDiode, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … molecular absorptions, illumination, electronic warfare (EW), and infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems in response to increasingly sophisticated seeker technologies and increased threat ranges. Today"s state-of-the-art high power quantum … more

Real-time Nitrous Oxide Isotopologue Instrument for Assessing Soil Emissions

Company: Aerodyne Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … deploy real-time, fast response, sensitive nitrous oxide monitors. The proposed low power, compact N2O monitor will meet the need for a fast response, sensitive system for quantification of soil emissions. The instrument will be based on a continuous wave quantum … more

Dual Quantum Cascade Laser System for Simultaneous Measurements of 13CH4 and CH3D Methane Isotopologues

Company: Aerodyne Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Methane is the second most important atmospheric greenhouse gas after CO2 yet its global sources and sinks are still inadequately characterized. Monitoring the isotopic composition of atmospheric methane is one of the most promising approaches to closing the methane budget. Detailed process… more

Infrared Laser Direct Absorption Spectroscopy for Carbon Isotope Measurements from UAVs

Company: Aerodyne Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … is 0.2 (in 1s) for the ratios of two minor (i.e. rare) isotopic variants of CO2 to the major isotopic variant: [13CO2]/[ 12CO2] and [ 12C18O16O]/[12CO2]. The proposed general approach is laser absorption spectroscopy in the mid-infrared, with a & quot;quantum … more

Mid-wave Infrared (MWIR) Illuminator for Ground and Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Targeting

Company: LaserMax Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … crystalline laser has been used to see objects, e.g., cell phone towers and railway cars, through rain and fog that otherwise were not visible or barely visible. In order to field illuminators for small weapon-mounted and SUAS, a more compact, rugged laser source like quantum… more

Surface-Emitting, Monolithic Beam-Combined Mid-Wave IR Quantum Cascade Lasers

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The technical objectives of this proposal are: (1) design a grating-coupled surface-emitting (GCSE) active-photonic-crystal (APC) 4.6 micron-emitting quantum-cascade laser (QCL) to deliver 15 W diffraction-limited CW power in the main lobe of the far-field beam pattern; (2)… more

Monolithic Scalable Mid-Infrared Phase-Locked Laser Array

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The technical objectives of this proposal are: 1) Design a metal/semiconductor grating-based (i.e., substrate-emitting) Grating-Coupled Surface-Emitting Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Laser (GCSE-DFB QCL) emitting at 4.6 microns with high beam quality;… more

Highly sensitive, low-power, and low-weight gas analyzer for UAVs

Company: Mesa Photonics, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …ed systems can compete on sensitivity with mid-infrared gas analyzers. This is important for UAV deployment because near-infrared systems that use fiber optic telecommunications components are more reliable and versatile than are mid-infrared systems based on quantum … more

Monolithic, Widely Tunable, THz Local Oscillator

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This proposal describes development of a new type of quantum-cascade laser for use as a local oscillator at frequencies above 2 THz. The THz source described is a single chip solution that operates at room temperature. In addition, a mechanism for wide tuning (2-4.7 THz) is… more

Ultra-Wide Continuous Wave Electrical Tuning with a Multi-Section Quantum Cascade Laser

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …. In this proposal, a single chip solution is given which promises high power output (multi-Watt), a compact, rugged nature, and continuous frequency tuning (no-mode hops) over a wide range (>400 cm-1). The basic technology relies on new multi-section high power quantum … more

Ring-Cavity Surface-Emitting Quantum Cascade Lasers for High Power Applications at 4.5 um

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … yield and reduces the cost. However, in the mid-infrared, surface emitting semiconductor lasers are significantly underdeveloped compared to edge emitting devices. The proposed research will investigate the feasibility of using ring-cavity surface-emitting quantum cascade… more

Supercontinuum Laser Systems and the Simulation of the High Radiance Solar Lunar Spectrum for Space Sensor Testing

Company: Optical Sciences Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …tion; precision radiometric infrared illumination; active remote and security motion sensing; replace solar simulator systems using xeon arc-lamps; therapeutic, biological, and surgical programmable infrared illuminators; optical coherence tomography; ultrafast quantum … more

Airborne Sensor for Aerosol Precursors

Company: Vista Photonics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … of the atmosphere. High-performance sensors are required that can continuously monitor this molecule at low atmospheric concentrations. An inexpensive, compact, highly sensitive, in situ monitor for ammonia is proposed. Efficient, new generation quantum cascade… more

Low-Cost, Robust, Monolithic Semiconductor Mid-Infrared Laser With Very Wide Tunability

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The broadly tunable laser source developed during this program is a ground-breaking solution that requires a single quantum cascade laser device monolithically integrated with a power amplifier to cover the entire wavelength range from 4.18 to 5.11 microns… more

Monolithic Beam-Combined Mid-Infrared Laser Array

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The team consisting of Eos Photonics Inc. and MIT Lincoln Laboratories will develop a MWIR laser source based on a high power, continuous wave (CW) Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) array. The output from the array elements will be beam combined monolithically… more

Low-Cost High Power Surface Emitting Micro-Stripe Quantum Cascade Laser Arrays

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: We envision a coherently coupled QCL array architecture featuring 2nd order DFB gratings to vertically couple out light with excellent beam quality and high output power. This approach does not require cleaving of the devices or facet coatings and is therefore inherently more robust and… more

Ultra-High Brightness Dual Band Mid-Wavelength Infrared and Long-Wavelength Infrared Semiconductor Laser Module Based on Wavelength Beam Combination f

Company: TeraDiode, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …antage is poor output beam quality. TeraDiode"s technology of Wavelength Beam Combination (WBC) effectively solves the poor output beam quality problem of direct diode lasers. We will build a dual-band MWIR and LWIR laser for this program based on WBC of high power quantum… more