High Temperature, High-Efficiency, Vertical-Cavity Laser Diode Pumps for Directed Energy Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-11-C-7508
Agency Tracking Number:
B103-006-0268
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA10-006
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Chad Wang
Research Scientist
(805) 642-4645
cswang@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
John Baumann
Chief Financial Officer
(805) 642-4645
baumann@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Aerius Photonics is proposing to develop Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays that are capable of high-efficiency (>55%) at high temperature operation conditions (60 C). At the end of Phase II, a 12 kW solid-state pump module will be delivered. The high temperature efficiency performance of VCSELs is critical in realizing fieldable diode laser pump arrays for high energy lasers and directed energy systems relevant to the MDA. The high temperature efficiency will result in considerable size, weight, power consumption, and cost reductions over what has been demonstrated to date. These modules will initially operate at 808 nm, optimized for Nd:YAG, but the overall technology approach will be applicable to wavelengths from 780 through 2.2 um. Additionally, the VCSEL arrays will demonstrate environmental ruggedness and reliability in harsh conditions, such as in dust, condensation, shock and vibration, high optical feedback, and radiation.

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