High Strength Hollow Fiber for IR Optic Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$650,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9101-05-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-292-2539
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-292
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 James Withers
 CEO
 (520) 574-1980
 jcwithers@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: mercorp@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Hollow waveguides provide an attractive alternative to conventional solid-core infrared fiber optics because of the inherent advantage of their hollow core. Hollow waveguides not only cover a full spectrum of infrared wavelength for sensing and imaging applications, but also enjoy the advantage of high laser power thresholds, low insertion loss, no end reflection, ruggedness, and small bean divergence. Hollow carbon fibers represent one of the best technologies for power delivery in medical and industrial laser systems with losses as low as 0.1 dB/m and transmitted laser powers as high as 2.7 kW. This program proposes optimization development of high-strength and high-flexibility hollow fiber bundles, based on innovative carbon material processing and the gold coating of the hollow carbon fibers. The proposed infrared waveguides take full advantages of the outstanding structure and mechanical properties of the carbon, and the best infrared reflectivity and chemical stability of the gold, allowing high performance applications with small bending radius, high temperature and operating in harsh environments, at low cost.

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