Ultra Compact Multi kW Fiber Amplifier Platform

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