Supercontinuum Laser for Multi-Spectral Energy Propagation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0460
Agency Tracking Number: N092-119-0966
Amount: $149,707.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-119
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park, 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120, Tucson, AZ, 85747
DUNS: 014750785
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arturo Chavez-Pirson
 Chief Technology Officer
 (520) 799-7438
 chavez@npphotonics.com
Business Contact
 James Fountain
Title: Director Contract Adminis
Phone: (520) 799-7424
Email: fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institution
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 (1ƒÝm-5ƒÝm) 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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