Cryogenic Diode Laser Array Pump for High Power YAG Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-08-M-0037
Agency Tracking Number: F073-003-0300
Amount: $99,580.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-003
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
One Patriots Park, Bedford, MA, 01730
DUNS: 065137978
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kurt Linden
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 275-6000
Business Contact
 Mark Little
Title: CEO, Spire Biomedical, Inc
Phone: (781) 275-6000
Research Institution
This Phase I SBIR proposal describes a program that will design a cryogenic, liquid nitrogen (LN) cooling system for efficient operation of multi-kW level diode laser arrays, and determine the diode laser array design parameters for optimal LN operation with emission in the 800 nm to 950 nm spectral region. Such high power diode laser arrays are needed for optically pumping LN-cooled solid-state Nd:YAG and Yb:YAG lasers with superior operating characteristics. Phase I will investigate various forced-flow LN cooling configurations designed to avoid gas-phase interface formation at multi-kW level heat loads, utilizing materials with matched thermal expansion coefficients to minimize thermal stress. The naturally high thermal conductivity of most materials at LN temperature will be exploited. Diode laser design parameters such as epitaxial layer configuration and laser bar mounting details will be investigated for the favored optical pump bands for these solid-state laser materials. Phase II will deal with fabrication of a prototype cooling system to interface with the high power diode laser arrays for efficient YAG laser pumping. Spire’s laser bar fabrication expertise and current involvement with high power 630 nm LN temperature optical pump arrays will be of great benefit to the proposed program.

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