High Optical Power Fiberoptic Components for 2 µm Fiber Laser

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-1853
Agency Tracking Number: F093-158-0936
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-158
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alex Mazurenko
 Sr. Optical Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Sarah Weidlein
Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: sweidlein@agiltron.com
Research Institution
The proposed innovative in-fiber beam expansion technology and the all inorganic micro-optic fiberoptic device designs intrinsically have advantages in power handling, speed, insertion loss, reliability, and potentially cost as compared with other approaches. Our approaches overcome all the major hurdles in high power 2m fiberoptic device fabrications without trading-off of optical performance as well as size and weight. By using thermally matched materials, our high power 2m fiberoptic devices are designed to be operated in harsh aerospace environments with exceptional longevity. As a technical demonstration, fiber pigtailed isolator and modulator will be fabricated in this program to withstand up to 200W CW at 2m with excellent optical performance. The program leverages on Agiltron extensive commercial high power fiber optic component manufacturing expertise and seeks to realize attributes that are beyond what having been possible. The developments are in close collaboration with Lockheed Martin for early defense application insertions. BENEFIT: This program addresses the lack of commercial high power fiberoptic components operated at 2m. The availability of these components enables the realization of highly desirable high-power, high-efficiency infrared fiber lasers for various military applications, including missile countermeasures, high-resolution, long-range target identification, and remote sensing of biological or chemical agents to develop devices. They have the capability of adding tremendous value to land and air directed energy platforms for both attack and protection. For commercial applications, high power fiber lasers are also the sources of material processing in the automotive, aircraft, free space communication system, laser machining.

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