Scalable Coherent High Power Vertical Cavity Diode Laser Array

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,932.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-10-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-119-1303
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-119
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Jon Geske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Michael MacDougal
Research Scientist
(805) 642-4645
macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Aerius proposes a Mutually Injection Locked VCSEL Array (MIL-VCSEL) system architecture to achieve a scalable 100kW coherently phased diode laser array. Aeriusf?T approach addresses the historic challenges with coherently phased beam combining of large-format diode laser and VCSEL arrays. The proposed approach improves upon the narrow injection locking range deficiencies of most VCSEL designs and requires no moving parts or dynamic stabilization. Aeriusf?T approach eliminates the impact of growth rate variation across the entire VCSEL wafer and also eliminates the impact of the thermal gradient across the packaged 2-D VCSEL array. This will ultimately allow for 100 kW VCSELs arrays to be housed in a single package with electrical serial interconnections and with all the pixels in the array within the injection locking range under high power operation. The simplicity of Aeriusf?T MIL-VCSEL supercavity approach will allow for 50% efficient operation and system level power scaling to 100kW. Aeriusf?T VCSELs have demonstrated the efficiency and polarization control necessary for the approach to be successful.

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