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Advanced Compressor Technology for Ultrafast Fiber Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0533
Agency Tracking Number: N074-009-0013a
Amount: $499,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T009
Solicitation Number: 2007.
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-09-16
Small Business Information
2199 S. McDowell Blvd Suite 140
Petaluma, CA -
United States
DUNS: 131908092
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tim Booth
 VP Project Management
 (707) 559-2100
 tbooth@raydiance.com
Business Contact
 William Beyer
Title: CFO
Phone: (707) 559-2100
Email: bbeyer@raydiance.com
Research Institution
 Univercity of Central Florida
 Leonid Glebov
 
4000 Central Florida Blvd CREOL 285
Orlando, FL 32816-
United States

 (407) 823-6983
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

Ultrafast laser technology offers compelling capabilities for national defense, state-of-the-art health care, and the materials processing industry. The development of this technology into commercial form factor hardware has been limited mostly by the size, cost, complexity, and/or pulse energy limitations of current ultrafast laser systems. Optical fiber based ultrafast lasers have dramatically decreased the size and cost of this technology, and Raydiance is concurrently advancing the pulse energy capabilities of fiber systems to reach the millijoule level—a major breakthrough for addressing numerous applications. Despite significant progress in overall fiber architecture, a critical laser system segment that has not been improved is the pulse compressor. Although there are well-known architectures taking advantage of the basic Treacy compressor format, these involve many free-space optical components that require precise alignment maintenance. A brute force opto-mechanical approach—in order to be sufficiently rugged for deployment in Navy applications—would render the overall system too heavy and expensive. This program seeks to advance a cutting-edge monolithic, or single block, architecture for a full performance compressor which will dramatically improve the stability of fiber ultrafast laser systems while simultaneously reducing size, weight, and cost.

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