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Coherent Beam Combining of Mid-IR Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-007-0463
Amount: $99,814.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T007
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-10-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-04-13
Small Business Information
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States
DUNS: 066502142
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 C. Kumar N. Patel
 President & CEO
 (310) 458-0808
Business Contact
 C. Kumar N. Patel
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (310) 458-0808
Research Institution
 University of California
 Robert Hicks
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

 (310) 206-6865
 Nonprofit College or University

Military applications, such as IRCM (Infrared Countermeasures) and stand-off sensing, require highly efficient optical sources with power outputs for room temperature continuous wave operation of several to a hundred watts in the 3-5 micron and 8-12 micron spectral bands. While quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) have become the sources of choice in these spectral regions, the only realistic option to attain hundred-watt power levels with good beam quality is to coherently combine multiple QCL emitters into a single output beam. Leveraging advanced materials growth and fabrication techniques, Pranalytica will develop robust, compact, and cost-effective monolithic QCL beam combining solutions that will exceed the requirements of this solicitation, and provide the military with the required laser sources. Additional civilian applications, such as free space optical communications, are also envisioned.

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