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Next Generation Quantum Cascade Lasers Optimized for High Power Midwave Infrared Operation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-1022
Agency Tracking Number: FX211-CSO1-1321
Amount: $749,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF211-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-04-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-08-02
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kristin Galbally-Kinney
 (978) 738-8173
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with Thorlabs Quantum Electronics (TQE), proposes to develop a new, state of the art, high power, high efficiency mid-wave infrared (MWIR) quantum cascade laser (QCL), emitting near 4-microns for missile simulator applications, including the Towed Optical Plume Simulator (TOPS). During the Phase I program the PSI-led team worked with Air Force customers and end-users to specify performance requirements for the proposed devices. Based on these requirements the PSI/TQE team plans to conduct multiple rounds of wafer growth, device fabrication and testing in the Phase II program to develop improved devices that meet the performance requirements for missile simulator applications. PSI will integrate the QCLs into compact emitter assemblies and characterize their performance in the laboratory. The assemblies will then be integrated into and tested with the TOPS IR emitter system. This successful SBIR effort will result in reliable high power and high wall plug efficiency MWIR QCL devices commercially available from TQE. The proposed technology falls under the High Power, Midwave Infrared Single Device Quantum Cascade Laser Missions Focus Area.

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