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Eye-safe Optically-Pumped Gas-filled Fiber Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-08-C-0106
Agency Tracking Number: A08A-021-0152
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-T021
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-07-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-01-18
Small Business Information
3180 Sterling Circle
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 112617480
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kristan Corwin
 Assistant Professor
 (785) 532-1663
 corwin@phys.ksu.edu
Business Contact
 Sally Hatcher
Title: President
Phone: (303) 444-9948
Email: shatcher@precisionphotonics.com
Research Institution
 KANSAS STATE UNIV.
 Kristan L Corwin
 
116 Cardwell Hall Department of Physics
Manhattan, KS 66506
United States

 (785) 532-1663
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

An eye-safe optically-pumped laser based on a gas-filled hollow optical fiber is proposed. Such a laser will be the first in a new class of lasers, based on gas-filled fibers and incorporating many advantages of optically-pumped gas lasers, including the ability to use multiple incoherent pump sources to result in a single coherent beam. We will model the lasing action in acetylene gas pumped at 1530 nm and lasing near 1700 nm, which are wavelengths well suited to an initial demonstration because fiber and pump lasers are readily available. We will also experimentally demonstrate lasing in an acetylene-filled fiber, and explore ways to package the laser entirely in optical fiber. The vision is to develop additional wavelengths across the near-infrared and infrared, and to coherently combine the output of many such gas-filled fiber lasers for high power applications such as infrared countermeasures and laser defense.

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