High Efficiency Multi-band Mid-Infrared Superconti

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-B802
Agency Tracking Number: A092-069-0612
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: A09-069
Solitcitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Omni Sciences, Inc.
647 Spring Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Duns: 149279015
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Freeman
 Director of Research
 (734) 420-0190
Business Contact
 Mohammed Islam
Title: Founder and CTO
Phone: (734) 353-9333
Email: mni@umich.edu
Research Institution
Fixed and rotary winged aircraft require directed infrared counter-measures (DIRCM) systems to self-protect against heat seeking missiles, and the multi-spectral light source used in DIRCM is a key enabling technology and differentiator. A super-continuum (SC) laser is an attractive candidate for the DIRCM light source, but to be efficacious the SC must be capable of being modulated with jamming codes, the wall-plug efficiency of the SC generation must be improved, and the power in each of the DIRCM wavelength bands must be increased. Omni Sciences, Inc. (OSI) has developed a Mid-Infrared Super-continuum Laser (MIRSCL) using fibers and telecom components and that generates broadband, super-continuum covering simultaneously the wavelength range from ~0.8 to ~4.3 microns. To meet the Army DIRCM requirements, the MIRSCL will be modulated to support jamming codes with 25% duty cycle, and the electrical power consumption and heat dissipation will be reduced by modulating the power amplifier pump lasers. In addition, the MIRSCL wall-plug efficiency can be increased by a factor of 2-3X by using a thulium-doped power amplifier to replace the current erbium/ytterbium fiber amplifier. The SC power will be increased and optimized for Band IV–A (3.8-4.3 microns) by using a high-NA ZBLAN fluoride fiber.

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