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High-Power and Low Loss Mid-Wave IR Fiber-Optical Switch

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0230
Agency Tracking Number: N064-039-0469
Amount: $69,908.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T039
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-31
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Jing Zhao
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Research Institution

Agiltron, in collaboration with Tufts University, proposes to realize MWIR fiberoptic switches that meet all the required performance specifications for the new type of compact airborne IRCM applications. The approach is based on our extensive experience in volume production of fiberoptic switches of industrial leading performance as well as in-house chalcogenide glass fabrication capability. This program also leverages Agiltron’s sole supplier position in producing high power (>5W) fiberoptic switches to the commercial market. The proposed designs have the desirable attributes of ultra-low loss, insensitivity to vibration/shock and temperature variation, long operational life, high power handling capability, and scalability to a large number of fiber ports, as well as low fabrication cost. We have successfully demonstrated a MWIR fiberoptic switch based on this design. The Phase I will further optimize the design as well as the fabrication processes to reach the state-of-the-art performances that have not yet been obtained.BENEFITS: Fiber-optic switches are increasingly being used in telecommunications, bio-sensing, laser marking, laser machining, laser micromachining, and in the forensic sciences. Mid-wave infrared radiation is a valuable tool for spectroscopic investigations of organic compounds associated with oil exploration as well as chemical analysis.

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