Ultra-High Reliability Laser Diode Packages

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N00164-04-C-6045
Agency Tracking Number: B041-020-0634
Amount: $97,356.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-020
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
NLIGHT PHOTONICS
5408 NE 88th Street, Bldg E, Vancouver, WA, 98665
DUNS: 799811646
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark DeFranza
 Senior Engineer
 (360) 566-4472
 mark.defranza@nlight.net
Business Contact
 Dennis Jorgenson
Title: Controller
Phone: (360) 566-4463
Email: dennis.jorgenson@nlight.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Advanced missile defense systems require low repetition rate high pulse energy diode pumped solid state lasers with relatively high pulse energies. Historically, the quasi-continuous wave (QCW) diode laser pumps have not yielded the optical performance or, more notably, the reliability required by the application. We propose to alleviate this issue with a breakthrough packaging approach that will enable multi-bar packages to be produced that are 10 to 100 times more reliable than today's state of the art 10,000 hour packages. By minimizing the junction temperature, dramatically reducing mounting stresses in the bar, and eliminating solder related reliability issues, this approach will yield optical performance improvements in addition to enhanced reliability.

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