High Brightness Beam-Coupler for High Power Diode Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAE30-02-C-1041
Agency Tracking Number: A012-1343
Amount: $119,902.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 149375479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Iain McKinnie
 Senior Reseach Scientist
 (303) 604-2000
Business Contact
 Sammy Henderson
Title: Executive VP and CTO
Phone: (303) 604-2000
Email: sammy@ctilidar.com
Research Institution
"High brightness lasers have been identified as a means of producing acceptably short and reliable munition ignition times in large caliber guns. For practical purposes, these lasers must be compact, low-cost, efficient and robust to withstand the harshshock environment. High power multiple emitter diode bars can meet these criteria, but poor beam quality (typical M2>1000 from a single 50W bar) and low spatial coherence are incompatible with the high brightness requirement for ignition. CTI proposes anovel, compact and efficient active beam-combining architecture, capable of dramatically enhancing the combined brightness of multiple diode bars to generate near diffraction-limited output. The beam-coupler has excellent heat dissipation, and aproprietary architecture that virtually eliminates thermo-optic beam distortions. In one possible configuration, up to twelve 50W diode bars are butt-coupled into, and combined in, a single 70mm long lightweight module. Modeling, anchored by our recentproof-of-concept demonstrations indicates a brightness enhancement of more than 300x with respect to the direct diode output. Modules may be stacked to scale power to multi-kW levels, as required, without loss of brightness. CTI's proven ability todesign and engineer rugged and compact electro-optic systems for demanding environments will ensure a successful overall development program. Anticipated applications include (1) ignition systems for

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