Advanced Packaging for Cryogenic Spray Cooled Laser Diodes Arrays

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,624.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9451-08-M-0039
Award Id:
86527
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-003-0912
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
582 South Econ Circle, Oviedo, FL, 32765
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
608777798
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Rini
President
(407) 359-7138
dan@rinitech.com
Business Contact:
Daniel Rini
President
(407) 359-7138
dan@rinitech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Laser diode bars have demonstrated ultra high electro-optical efficiencies >80% when operated at cryogenic temperatures <150 K. Diode pumped-solid-state lasers utilizing cryogenically cooled laser diode arrays and gain material have the potential to increase the wall plug efficiencies to values over 40% compared to 10% for room temperature lasers. To realize these exceptionally high laser bar efficiencies a unique cryogenic cooling approach will be developed. In the proposed SBIR program RTI will: 1) utilize Spray Cooling with liquid nitrogen to show feasibility of cooling a cryo-diode laser array with an optical flux of 560 W/cm2, 2) establish the feasibility by design and experiment for a diode package tolerant of cryo temperatures by using innovative CTE matched material combinations, and 3) partner with diode vendors to construct a spray cooled, CTE matched diode array that will undergo mechanical temperature cycling tests to validate the design.

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