All Fiber-based automatic pulse shaper for efficient energy scaling of ultrashort 2 micron fiber laser pulses

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,908.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0150
Agency Tracking Number:
N103-211-0215
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N103-211
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park, 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120, Tucson, AZ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
014750785
Principal Investigator:
Wei Shi
Director Laser&THz Tech
(520) 799-7413
wshi@npphotonics.com
Business Contact:
James Fountain
Director Contract Adminis
(520) 799-7424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
NP Photonics proposes to develop an all fiber-based automatic pulse shaper with an adaptive control loop by integrating 2 micron MUX/DEMUX and phase modulator array based on commercial fiber-pigtailed components at 2 micron (phase modulator, circulator, and FBG). This project will be leveraged upon NP"s mode-locked fiber lasers at 2 micron, proprietary high Tm-doped germanate fibers with large core and high unit gain, short cascade fiber amplifier technique, and feedback loop control and algorithms. The proposed new pulse shaper features compact, stable, wide transmission window and high spectral resolution, which can efficiently and accurately pre-compensate the large amount of nonlinear phase (or B-integral) in the chirped pulse amplifier (CPA) system, resulting an all fiber-based, compact, environmentally stable USP source at eye-safe wavelength of 2 micron with mJ-level pulse energy for applications of interest to the US Navy, such as directed energy weapons, ECM, and LADAR. Based on the demonstration of the feasibility for the proposed pulse shaper in Phase I period, we will implement a 20-channel single-chip integrated pulse shaper in Phase II.

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