UNIQUE HIGH OUTPUT BLUE LASER FOR IMPROVED ASW CAPABILITIES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0302
Agency Tracking Number: N101-009-1133
Amount: $149,833.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-009
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, 21401
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Rozenburg
 President
 (410) 987-1656
 krozenburg@techassess.com
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Email: sharon@techassess.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently available lasers are inadequate for current and future anti-submarine warfare needs. The development of high output, blue lasers have the potential to enhance airborne platform’s ability for submarine communications, detection of mines and other underwater targets. The Optical Ceramics Division of TA&T proposes to develop and demonstrate that polycrystalline Ti doped MgAl2O4 spinel is capable of achieving the high performance required of blue laser gain media for ASW applications. A systematic approach with a high probability of success is outlined that builds on TA&T’s expertise in the fabrication on transparent undoped spinel optics. It includes synthesis of high purity, Ti doped spinel nano-powders via flame spray pyrolysis (FSP), extensive powder property characterization and beneficiation, pressureless sintering trials, microstructural and physical property analyses, and optical absorption and emission measurements required for feedback optimization. An alternative powder approach for producing high quality, polycrystalline Ti:MgAl2O4 laser gain media is outlined in the Phase 1 option.

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