Fiber Laser with Enhanced Coupling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-18-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: A173-136-0202
Amount: $96,235.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-136
Solicitation Number: 2017.3
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-11-07
Small Business Information
26421 Sandy Creek, Lake Forest, CA, 92630
DUNS: 079397155
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jae Choi
 (310) 935-2206
 jchoi@hedgefogresearch.com
Business Contact
 Gary Mikaelian
Phone: (310) 935-2206
Email: gmikaelian@hedgefogresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the Armys need for a novel approach that enables pump combiners with improved coupling efficiency for high-power fiber laser systems, Hedgefog Research Inc. (HFR) proposes to develop a new Fiber Laser with Enhanced Coupling (FLEC) that minimizes excess heat generation in fiber lasers via efficient mode scrambling of the pump light in the cladding of the active fiber. Specifically, we will develop a fiber engineering technology greatly enhancing mode mixing/scrambling in the active fiber, that can be applied to existing third-party fiber laser systems with minimal re-engineering. In Phase I, HFR will demonstrate the feasibility of FLEC by performing experimental proof-of-principle demonstration of the technology to reach TRL 4. A full integration plan for Phase II development will be proposed by the end of Phase I. In Phase II, HFR will enhance and optimize the technology to meet the Army requirements and reach TRL-6.

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