Monolithic programmable pulse shaper for efficient energy scaling of ultrashort fiber laser pulses in the C-band

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0283
Award Id:
90283
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-013-0092
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
UA Science and Technology Park, 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120, Tucson, AZ, 85747
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
014750785
Principal Investigator:
Wei Shi
Principal Investigator/Optical Eng.
(520) 799-7413
wshi@npphotonics.com
Business Contact:
James Fountain
Director, Contract Administration
(520) 799-7424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institution:
University of Arizona
Sherry Eshan
PO BOX 3308
888 N. Euclid Ave., Ste 510
Tucson, AZ, 85722-3308
(520) 626-6000
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Under collaboration with College of Optical Sciences of University of Arizona, NP Photonics proposes to develop a new monolithic programmable pulse shaper with an adaptive control loop by leveraging our mature technology of sol-gel/EO Polymer process for waveguide passive devices at 1.5 micron (AWG, modulator, splitter/coupler), mode-locked fiber lasers, proprietary specialty fibers (large core and high unit gain), short cascade fiber amplifiers, and feedback loop control and algorithms. The proposed new pulse shaper features compact, stable, wide transmission window and high spectral resolution, which can efficiently and accurately pre-compensate the large amount of nonlinear phase (or B-integral) in the chirped pulse amplifier (CPA) system, resulting an all fiber-based, compact, environmentally stable USP source at eye-safe wavelength of 1.5 micron with high pulse energy of 1-10 mJ for applications of interest to the US Navy, such as directed energy weapons, ECM, and LADAR. Based on the demonstration of the feasibility for the proposed pulse shaper in Phase I period, we will implement a single-chip integrated phase shaper in Phase II.

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