High-efficiency vertical-cavity laser diode pumps for high-energy solid-state lasers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7302
Award Id:
97040
Agency Tracking Number:
B093-037-0498
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09-037
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Renner
Senior Program Manager
(805) 642-4645
renner@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jon Geske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop fiber laser pump blocks and modules based on Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays which can have a manufacturing cost ten times lower than the existing Edge Emitting Laser (EEL) technology. Aerius will demonstrate and deliver high efficiency VCSEL array blocks and modules emitting at 808 nm and 940 nm wavelength. These blocks and modules can be used to pump Nd-doped, Yb-doped solid state and fiber lasers. The array design results in a low wavelength-temperature dependence which is a key performance characteristic to pump narrow absorption lines. In Phase I, Aerius will design all the elements of the pump block and module: VCSEL array, optical, electrical, thermal and mechanical components. Aerius will also build an array prototype to perform early experiments to evaluate and reduce risk. In Phase II, Aerius will build complete blocks and modules, evaluate their performance and execute a second iteration of design and build. These resulting advanced pumps will be provided to system integrators for testing in actual solid state and fiber lasers.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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