Ultra Compact Multi kW Fiber Amplifier Platform

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9451-11-C-0137
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-008-1151
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF093-008
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Optical Engines Inc
842 S Sierra Madre St STE D, Colorado Springs, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
788121858
Principal Investigator:
Donald Sipes Jr
President and CEO
(815) 383-8303
don.sipes@opticalenginesinc.com
Business Contact:
Donald Sipes
President and CEO
(815) 383-8303
don.sipes@opticalenginesinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: During the phase 1 program, Optical Engines, Inc. has demonstrated the key components necessary to create an ultra compact multi kW Yb based PM PCF amplifier. These components include a 3 fiber coupled laser diode stack with an aggregate power output of over 1200 W at 976nm, an etched air taper all fiber combiner in a 6+1 to 1 configuration with 94.4% pump efficiency, over 90% core signal efficiency, 20dB PER, and has been power tested to 1.5kW. These components, along with a 40um Yb PM PCF core, 500um Air clad cladding fiber have been combined to create an all fiber amplifier of over 1kW. In the Phase 2 program these components will be combined to create a TRL 5 ready, narrow band amplifier in the multi kW range. BENEFIT: The development of a ultra compact multi kW amplifier module will have the impact of providing a common platform for defense and industrial applications allowing for economies of scale and economies of scope.

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