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Novel Fiber Laser for direct lasing in the Mid-Infrared

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-07-M-0096
Agency Tracking Number: F071-011-0529
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-011
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-04-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-04-28
Small Business Information
12019 Heather Down Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170
United States
DUNS: 623702557
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francois Chenard
 President
 (418) 655-4228
 francois.chenard@irflex.com
Business Contact
 Francois Chenard
Title: President
Phone: (418) 655-4228
Email: francois.chenard@irflex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The current DIRCM laser solutions in the mid-infrared (3-5 micron) suffer limitations and disadvantages such as excessive size and weight, long initial cool-down time (cryogenic temperatures), short operating time, limited duty cycle, complex packaging, low wall plug efficiency, poor beam quality and limited output power. These limitations and disadvantages make it difficult to utilize these lasers on space-limited combat aircraft. IRFlex proposes an innovative solution to this problem that leverages recent advances in mid-infrared fiber technology. The proposed work will demonstrate lab operation of an innovative new fiber laser doped with rare-earth for direct lasing in the mid-infrared. This new fiber laser approach enables the development of next-generation DIRCM lasers with the required power (multi-Watt class), compactness, lightweight, electrical efficiency, room temperature operation, good beam quality and robustness required for future DIRCM systems.

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