Novel ER3+ Glass Fiber Amplifiers with Extremely High Gain Coefficient

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41176
Amount: $65,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5507 North Paseo Ventoso, Tucson, AZ, 85715
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tao Luo
 (520) 577-1147
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
We propose to develop novel Er3+-doped glass fiber amplifiers for the lossless beam splitter of the 1.54 um optical communication networks . This special glass fiber will exhibit both ultra high gain coefficient and extremely low cost, less than 1% of today's price. Our goal is to demonstrate a gain coefficient greater than 5dB/cm in this special glass fiber . Therefore, the length of the Er3+--doped fiber for amplifiers will be as short as 5cm. Such a unique short fiber amplifier is the ideai choice to construct an integrated, compact, and rugged lossless beam splitter, which is one of the key devices to realize Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH). The demonstration of this technology will pave the way for the emerging ultrahigh speed optical networks using dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) .

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