Development of Quantum Cascade Laser Heterostructures for Mid-Infrared (4-5 Micron) Atmospheric Transmission

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-C-0210
Agency Tracking Number: N031-0451
Amount: $423,469.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: N03-107
Solitcitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
MP TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
1801 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201
Duns: 129503988
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Slivken
 Technical Director
 (847) 256-7648
 s_slivken@hotmail.com
Business Contact
 Manijeh Razeghi
Title: President
Phone: (847) 256-7648
Email: razeghi@ece.northwestern.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal is aimed at further improving the design of quantum cascade lasers for ambient temperature free-space communication in the mid-infrared (4< lambda <5 microns). In Phase I, we established a phenomenological model for the sources of inefficiencies in short wavelength quantum cascade lasers. In a relatively straightforward design improvement based on this model, we were able to demonstrate much improved average power and high duty cycle operation. In Phase II, we will use a systematic approach to further minimize the limiting factors to high duty cycle performance of these lasers at room temperature. For greater versatility, an optional goal is to maximize the power efficiency of the laser in order to demonstrate continuous wave operation as well. A second option will investigate the packaging of these lasers into a battery-driver pointer module which can be used as part of communications transceiver. Provided further interest is available, a final option is to investigate high power, single-mode operation of these lasers.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government