Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) pumps for High Energy Erbium or Thulium Fiber Lasers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-11-C-0048
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-058-0496
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-058
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
1 Electronics Dr, Mercerville, NJ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
602750358
Principal Investigator:
Jean Seurin
Director- Device, R&D
(609) 584-9696
JSeurin@princetonoptronics.com
Business Contact:
Narayan Bhatta
Controller
(609) 584-9696
nbhatta@princetonoptronics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Army is very interested in developing reduced eye hazard fiber lasers based on high power VCSEL pumps. Development of high power VCSEL pump array for pumping an Erbium or Thulium fiber laser would be an important objective for the Army for the development of efficient, high power, compact and cost effective fiber lasers at the eye safe wavelengths. Princeton Optronics has developed high power VCSEL arrays delivering hundreds of watts of power from small arrays and has developed moderate power high brightness arrays for fiber laser pumping. The technology is in a position so that in this SBIR it can be developed as the technology of choice for high power fiber laser pumping because of its potential very high brightness, lower cost, higher reliability and higher temperature of operation without chillers. We propose to develop the VCSEL pump technology at 976nm with a new approach to improvement of efficiency and a new approach to packaging. In phase I, we would do simulations and experiments validating the technology and will implement the technology in phase II.

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