New Ceramic Laser Hosts for High Power Lasers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-09-M-5420
Award Id:
92829
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-076-2194
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6F Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114584175
Principal Investigator:
Kewen Kevin Li
Director of Engineering
(781) 935-2800
szhang@strategicpolymers.com
Business Contact:
Yingyin Kevin Zou
President & CEO
(781) 935-2800
rrusso@strategicpolymers.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Polycrystalline ceramics as laser gain hosts have several remarkable advantages over single crystal ones. They can host a higher doping concentration, are much easier to be fabricated into larger and more complex shapes, which are extremely difficult in the single crystal case. The costs of the ceramic laser materials could be much lower than those of single crystals because of the shortened fabrication process and large size, mass production. Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated (BATi) proposes to develop highly desired high-power ceramic laser hosts via a co-precipitation nano-powder preparation and a fast sintering route for highly efficient formation of transparent ceramic laser hosts. Our extensive experience in nano-phosphors, transparent ceramics, and combinatorial materials composition search will leverage a successful program for realizing the development of next-generation transparent ceramic laser host. BENEFIT: Highly efficient laser host formation method developed from this project would be enabling high power and low cost laser systems, which have tremendous strategic and commercial values for both military and civilian applications. These include remote-sensing applications, target recognition and detection, missile guidance illumination, measurements from airborne and space borne platforms, multiple wavelengths next-generation measurement systems, and industrial laser machining. The ceramic high power laser technology in this program, once developed, will not only serve DOD<"s missions, but also be in the nation<"s best interest.

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