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Mid-Infrared Fiber-Optic Switch for IRCM Laser Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0628
Agency Tracking Number: N064-039-0026
Amount: $446,945.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T039
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-07-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-01-22
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
 (418) 655-4228
Business Contact
 Francois Chenard
Title: President
Phone: (418) 655-4228
Research Institution
 David Richardson
460 Turner Street Suite 306
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States

 (540) 231-5281
 Nonprofit College or University

Current directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems integrate a mid-infrared laser with a pointer-tracker (P/T) head as a mated pair, comprising a single replaceable unit. The P/T head directs the laser power to the approaching threats: surface-launched and air-launched infrared-guided missiles. The protection of tactical aircrafts from infrared-guided threats requires separate DIRCM systems located around the host aircraft to cover all fields of view. Today each mid-infrared laser for DIRCM costs several hundreds of thousands of dollars, measures about 13 inches in diameter x 3 inches high, and weighs approximately 10 lbs. The electric power supply for each laser has about the same size and weight. Also each laser needs a separate cooling subsystem. The overall cost, volume and weight of current DIRCM systems required for full aircraft protection are excessively large. The proposed work will further develop a unique fiber-optic switch technology for switching multi-band high power mid-infrared laser from an input port to any of several output fibers with minimum insertion loss. Phase II effort will work on all the technical aspects required to fabricate a compact ruggedized mid-infrared (2-5 micron) fiber-optic switch suitable for DIRCM applications in a military aviation environment.

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