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Process development for Cross Mode Coupling of Optical Fibers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W912CG22C0020
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2623
Amount: $1,499,666.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-044
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-05-14
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Principal Investigator
 Kevin Wall
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Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

In this SBIR program, Q-Peak will develop a continuous manufacturing process to facilitate deterministic cross coupling between optical fibers.  The process will allow managing mode coupling in two-fiber sensor architectures, coupling of power from pump fibers to gain fibers for fiber lasers in a distributed length methodology and formation of unique signal add/drop functionality for optical networks.  Q-Peak will focus on the process development of a side-pumping architecture for fiber lasers as this allows managing the amount of energy coupled per unit length between pump fibers and the gain fiber.  The primary advantage for fiber lasers is that length management of pump coupling is, to first order, equivalent to managing thermal rise in the gain fiber avoiding thermal runaway and destructive effects of over pumping based on specific dopant ions and dopant density in the active fiber. We will address the manufacturability, electrical-to-optical and optical-to-optical efficiency, and a risk assessment of other parameters important to the energy transfer process. While side-pumping has been demonstrated for Ytterbium-doped fiber lasers, the diversity of ions used in fiber lasers (Yb, Nd, Yb-Er, Er, Tm, and Pr) requires a flexible and adaptable coupling process where the energy transfer can be tailored to the specific fiber construction, mode space, materials, and the specific dopant ion density. 

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