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

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