Hollow-Core Fibers for High-Energy Beam Delivery in CARS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-08-M-0016
Agency Tracking Number: F073-134-0046
Amount: $99,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-134
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
DUNS: 188465819
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Drew L'Esperance
 Senior Scientist
 (949) 553-0688
 dlesperance@metrolaserinc.com
Business Contact
 Cecil Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Email: cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR proposal addresses an Air Force need for enabling use of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) for non-intrusive measurements of gas species and temperature in high enthalpy gas flows that are currently inaccessible or impractical with conventional CARS configurations. We propose to determine the feasibility of employing hollow core optical fibers to deliver pulses capable of generating CARS signals. This all-fiber-optical CARS system would enable the use of CARS in more hostile and restrictive environments. Lasers and other delicate equipment would be separated from a small measurement head that can be easily protected and manipulated in the vicinity of the test gas. We have identified several hollow core fiber types that appear to meet the necessary criteria and these will be evaluated as a part of the solution.

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