High Power Pump Couplers for High Energy Fiber Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-09-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: N091-015-0865
Amount: $79,385.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-015
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
4968 Ravine Ct, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
DUNS: 782263441
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Sosnowski
 VP of Engineering
 (734) 417-1079
Business Contact
 Phillip Amaya
Title: VP of Engineering
Phone: (408) 930-8350
Email: pamaya@arborphotonics.com
Research Institution
Realization of fiber lasers with output power in the multi-kW range critically depends on the development of high power fiber components. This proposal specifically addresses the design, development and manufacture of new, all-fiber pump couplers using large-core, single-mode Chirally-Coupled Core (CCC) fiber, capable of operating at pump powers as high as 2kW or more. To improve the performance of pump combiners, we are proposing a new approach developed by AGT Laser (formerly FG2 Tech) using a specially designed coupling piece between the pump fibers and the signal DCF. This approach is a side-coupler design that allows for the DCF to remain continuous inside the coupler. This novel design eliminates the problem of matching cores when splicing the coupler signal fiber to an additional DCF, as is required in the end-pumping approach. This approach is fundamentally independent of the particular type of DCF and can therefore allow the use of a novel and demonstrated highly-scalable mode area, single-mode optical fiber that can incorporate polarization maintaining performance.

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