High Power Pump Couplers for High Energy Fiber Lasers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,385.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68936-09-C-0047
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-015-0865
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-015
Small Business Information
Arbor Photonics, Inc.
4968 Ravine Ct, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
782263441
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Sosnowski
 VP of Engineering
 (734) 417-1079
 tsosnowski@arborphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Phillip Amaya
Title: VP of Engineering
Phone: (408) 930-8350
Email: pamaya@arborphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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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