Semiconductor Laser Packaging for Infrared Flares

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0430
Agency Tracking Number: A091-004-0179
Amount: $69,854.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-004
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
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
 Principle Investigator
 (360) 566-4472
 mark.defranza@nlight.net
Business Contact
 Dan Milewski
Title: Sr. Financial Analyst
Phone: (360) 566-4479
Email: dan.milewski@nlight.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Flares are routinely used for battlefield illumination or for identification of hazards and landing strips. Visible light flares are simple in concept and execution, but have the disadvantage of being easily visible by anyone within visual range. Infrared flares enable the covert use of illumination, utilizing the advantage of modern Night Vision Goggles and can help enable today''''s war fighter to operate in the dark. In this proposal is outlined a design approach and preliminary systems analysis for an infrared laser diode based infrared flare system. Laser diode devices offer the highest efficiency and highest optical power density of any semiconductor based light source. nLIGHT''''s design capabilities for MIL SPEC laser diode packages, electronics, battery packs, and mechanical housings enable us to be highly confident that the presented design will satisfy the systems performance and cost requirements.

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