FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICS FOR DIODE LASERS AND AMPLIFIERS USING INK-JET TECHNOLOGY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 25823
Amount: $486,874.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Microfab Technologies, Inc.
1104 Summit Ave., Suite 110, Plano, TX, 75074
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 W. Royall Cox
 (214) 578-8076
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We will develop a new low cost, data driven manufacturing technique for direct printing of micro-optical elements onto optical substrates and devices. We will apply our ink-jet printing technology to form and place microscopic droplets of optical materials, such as UV-cured resins and sol-gel glasses, in order to construct micro-optics for use with diode lasers and amplifiers. In prior non-conventional applications of ink-jet technologies we have produced and reliably place microdroplets 20-150 microns in diameter of materials ranging from metal solders and fluxes for micro-electronics applications to optical waxes, epoxies and polymers for microlens fabrication. Micro-optical applications which we will evaluate for Phase I include the delivery of droplets of optical materials directly onto the output facets of diode lasers to improve their performance and onto optical substrates to form arrays of high numercial aperture microlenses for coupling arrays of diode lasers, amplifiers and optical fibers. Future (Option Task plus Phase II) applications of this "optics-jetting" technology to be investigated include placement of lenslets onto the ends of optical fibers and fabrication of active micro-optical components, such as novel micro-lasers for high spectral purity or femtosecond applications.

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