Side-pumped monolithic optical amplifier arrays based in erbium-doped phosphate glass

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F30602-02-C-0098
Award Id:
58938
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0682
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
UA Science&Technology Park, 9030 S. Rita Road#120, Tucson, AZ, 85747
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
014750785
Principal Investigator:
ArturoChavez-Pirson
Director of Device Develo
(520) 799-7438
chavez@npphotonics.com
Business Contact:
DougPearson
Treasurer
(520) 799-7488
dpearson@npphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
"This project will focus on the development of side-pumped, monolithic amplifier and amplifier arrays based on short-length, high gain erbium-doped phosphate glass. The proposal will attempt to bring together two exciting approaches aimed at producingcompact, highly functional optical amplifiers with the potential for rapid reduction in the cost per amplifier port. First, we will investigate a novel side-pumping geometry using inexpensive, high power multimode pump laser sources to simultaneouslyenergize an array of erbium-doped active cores. The pumping geometry allows for massive sharing of the pump power over several amplifier ports. It also eliminates the need for the complicated and costly pump-signal wavelength-division multiplexers used inconventional erbium-doped amplifiers. Second, we will explore low cost fiber drawing methods to produce compact, monolithic amplifier array structures. In contrast to other fabrication approaches, fiber drawing technologies support the formation of activecore elements with very high erbium and ytterbium doping concentrations, circular cross sections, and dramatically lower per unit cost. The demonstration of side-pumped monolithic amplifier arrays will pave the way for widespread deployment of low-cost,compact amplification throughout a variety of optical communication networks. The side-pumped, monolithic amplifier array device proposed here has the potential to be widely used in optical comm

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government