Welded Optics Mounts for Lasers and OPOs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36236
Amount: $79,045.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Lightwave Electronics Corp.
1161 San Antonio Road, Mountain View, CA, 94043
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Thomas J. Kane
 (415) 526-1224
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Our goal under the combined Phase I - Phase II program would be to deliver an OPO-based system demonstrated to meet Air Force requirements in an extreme environment. Under this Phase I project, we would characterize a new technique for optics mounting which we expect to lead to improved robustness and manufacturability of lasers. This technique is electrical resistance spot-welding. We have recently demonstrated three-point spot welds with a pull strength of over 1 kilogram. We would completely characterize the spot-welding process, and compare it to other processes for the permanent mounting of optics. We would measure the characteristics of each mounting technique, and would choose an optimum technique. Alignment tolerances, alignment stability, part and labor cost, capital cost, and outgassing of components would all be quantified. Under the Phase II program, we would build an OPO with a robust design. The optics mounting techniques developed in Phase I would be used. This OPO would be tested, and would then be subjected to vibration and thermal cycling, and then retested. The ultimate outcome of the Phase I - Phase II program would be a design of a rugged and robust laser for Air Force use.

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