Yb-Doped Polarization-Maintaining Double-Cladding Fiber Amplifiers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-01-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: 001NM-2553
Amount: $749,792.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1607 Glade Road, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 133461553
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon Greene
 (540) 953-1796
Business Contact
 Jon Greene
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1796
Email: jgreene@lambdainc.com
Research Institution
Optical fiber amplifiers and lasers are gaining widespread interest for high-power applications due to their numerous advantages over traditional solid-state and gas lasers including extremely high damage thresholds, excellent beam quality, superiorwavelength and temperature stability, small size, and very high powers using novel double-cladding fiber (DCF) geometry's. DCF devices are a unique solution for obtaining diffraction-limited high-power laser beams due to the ability to inject multiwattpump powers into their large-area and large-numerical aperature primary cladding. To date, however, polarization-maintaining DCF amplifiers have not been widely commercialized and may be critical to the future success of coherence-based power combinersfor kilowatt-class lasers and future optical fiber lidar instrumentation. During Phase I, Lambda Instruments investigated the feasibility of fabricating Yb-doped polarization-maintaining (PM) DCF as well as using conventional Yb-doped double-claddingfibers combined with novel fiber grating polarizers to obtain polarized, high-power light. During Phase II Lambda proposes to finalize the development of polarization-maintaining double-cladding fiber and demonstrate prototype amplifiers within aphase-locked laser array.

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