AUTOMATION OF FIBER-OPTIC PIGTAILING PROCESS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$55,966.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
6017
Agency Tracking Number:
6017
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3460 W Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA, 94303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DR FRED UNTERLEITNER
(415) 493-8008
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES FOR FIBER PIGTAILED SEMICONDUCTOR LASERS ARE ENTIRELY MANUAL AT THIS TIME. AUTOMATION OF THE PROCESSES WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT AS FIBER OPTICS BECOMES MORE WIDELY USED, NECESSITATING HIGH VOLUME, LOW COST PRODUCTION METHODS. TWO TECHNIQUES IN USE TODAY, MANUAL SOLDERING AND MANUAL EPOXYING OF THE FIBER TO A SUBSTRATE IN THE PACKAGE, HAVE PROVEN UNWIELDLY IN TERMS OF VOLUME CAPABILITY AND LONG-TERM RELIABILITY. THIS PHASE I PROPOSAL WILL EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF USING LASER INDUCED WELDING TO ACHIEVE AN IMMEDIATE AND PERMANENT BOND WITHOUT THE TEMPERATURE PROBLEMS OF SOLDER AND HERMETICITY PROBLEMS TO EPOXY. A LASER BONDING SYSTEM WILL BE INTEGRATED WITH THE KAPTRON "POLYTROPE 1000" COMPUTERCONTROLLED AUTOMATIC ALIGNMENT AND TEST INSTRUMENT. THE PROVEN EFFICIENCY AND STABILITY OF THE COUPLING OF THE LASER ENERGY INTO THE FIBER, AS WELL AS A PROTOTYPE AUTOMATIC ALIGNMENT AND LASER WELDING SYSTEM, ARE THE PRIMARY PROGRAM OBJECTIVES.

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