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High Performance Continuous Wave Quantum Cascade Lasers Immune to Output Facet Optical Damage

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-21-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number: N211-022-1876
Amount: $239,812.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-022
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-10-03
Small Business Information
ORLANDO, FL 32826-1111
United States
DUNS: 052971564
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Hong Shu
 (407) 733-9776
Business Contact
 Elena Lyakh
Phone: (310) 720-3286
Research Institution

The development of Band IVb Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) with ultra-high spectral brightness and 1,000x output aperture size compared to that for traditional edge-emitting QCLs is proposed. The new devices will deliver over 20W of continuous wave (CW) power in a nearly diffraction limited beam (M2 < 1.5) with 20% efficiency. The dramatic increase in output aperture size will ensure long-term reliability at the record-high power level. Overall length of the proposed devices will be approximately 10mm, within its typical range for high power QCLs. The very high spectral brightness QCLs will be the cornerstone of compact DIRCM systems capable of addressing the emerging threats posed by the next generation heat-seeking missiles.

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