Supercontinuum Laser for Multi-Spectral Energy Propagation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,801.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0460
Award Id:
92666
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-119-0966
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:
Arturo Chavez-Pirson
Chief Technology Officer
(520) 799-7438
chavez@npphotonics.com
Business Contact:
James Fountain
Director Contract Adminis
(520) 799-7424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NP Photonics proposes to develop a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser with the capability to propagate a multi-spectral laser beam with 10 Watts of time-averaged power. This program focuses on all fiber optic approach with particular emphasis on covering the mid-IR portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Mid-infrared lasers are key enabling technology for various applications such as remote chemical sensing, defense communications and countermeasures, and bio-photonic diagnostics and therapeutics. Conventional mid-IR sources include optical parametric amplifiers, quantum cascade lasers, synchrotron and free electron lasers. An all-fiber approach, based on highly nonlinear tellurite fiber, to generate a high power (multi-watt), single mode beam (M2 < 2) with extremely wide (1YYm-5YYm) and simultaneous wavelength coverage has significant advantages in terms of reliability (no moving parts or alignment), room temperature operation, size, weight, and power efficiency; this is expected to have a major impact on many applications, particularly infrared countermeasures.

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