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High-Power MWIR Fiber Amplifier

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-20-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: N201-016-0089
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-016
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-09
Small Business Information
300 Ringgold Industrial Parkway
Danville, VA 24540-1111
United States
DUNS: 623702557
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francois Chenard
 (434) 483-4304
 francois.chenard@irflex.com
Business Contact
 Francois Chenard
Phone: (434) 483-4304
Email: francois.chenard@irflex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Next-generation IRCM applications would benefit from CW high-power (~kW) MWIR laser sources with good beam quality.  The lack of materials that lase in the MWIR region limits the development of these high power sources.  Laser sources that work in the MWIR suffer severe drawbacks that prevent their use in IRCM applications, mainly they have large-SWaPs due to their low electrical-to-optical efficiency, complex and large footprint setups and weight, high power consumption and, sometimes, the need for cryogenic cooling.  The development of QCL sources that lase in the MWIR is a promising step forward in solving the need of IRCM applications, however they are limited to medium power outputs and poor efficiency.  The development of all-fiber amplifying architecture to efficiently amplify QCL signals would reduce the system complexity, size and weight (low-SWaP).  Additionally, such amplifying systems can be scaled to high output powers and with careful design can be made to retain good beam quality. The proposed effort will demonstrate the feasibility of QCL signal amplification in rare-earth doped chalcogenide glass fiber in the MWIR.  The doped chalcogenide fiber will serve as the keystone of an all-fiber laser amplifier system capable of delivering high power and good beam quality.

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