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Lasers Based on Gas Filled Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fibers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-19-P-0029
Agency Tracking Number: F18B-015-0005
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18B-T015
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-10-15
Small Business Information
300 Ringgold Industrial Parkway
Danville, VA 24540
United States
DUNS: 623702557
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francois Chenard
 (434) 483-4304
Business Contact
 Francois Chenard
Phone: (434) 483-4304
Research Institution
 University of New Mexico
 Alyssa Pierce Alyssa Pierce
Optical Science & Engineering 1313 Goddard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States

 (505) 277-2828
 Nonprofit College or University

Current continuous wave (CW) and pulse mid-wave infrared (MWIR) lasers have design and performance limitations that constrain their usability in some critical Air Force applications. There is an important need to create a new class of MWIR laser sources with less drawbacks and higher pulse energies and CW powers. The proposed work will demonstrate the technical feasibility of an innovative MWIR laser technology called hollow-core optical fiber gas laser or HOFGLAS with significant advantages over current MWIR laser technologies. This unique HOFGLAS is consistent with the goal to develop a compact, monolithic and robust laser design with high efficiency and good beam quality (diffraction limited) in the MWIR 2-5 micron spectrum. The novel HOFGLAS technology can generate MWIR laser through nonlinear optical (Raman shift) or direct laser generation (population inversion). Also the average power for pulse operation (multi-nanosecond, 1-20 kHz) will be greater than 1 Watt, while the average power in CW mode will be greater than 5 Watts.

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