Supercontinuum Laser for Multi-Spectral Energy Propagation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,938.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-119-0966
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N092-119
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
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:
Arturo Chavez-Pirson
Chief Technology Officer
(520) 799-7438
chavez@npphotonics.com
Business Contact:
James Fountain
Director, Contract Admini
(520) 799-7424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
NP Photonics proposes to develop a supercontinuum (SC) fiber laser with the capability to propagate a multi-spectral laser beam with 2 Watts of time-averaged power. This program focuses on all fiber optic approach with particular emphasis on covering the mid-IR portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Mid-infrared lasers are key enabling technology for various applications such as remote chemical sensing, defense communications and countermeasures, and bio-photonic diagnostics and therapeutics. Conventional mid-IR sources include optical parametric amplifiers, quantum cascade lasers, synchrotron and free electron lasers. An all-fiber approach, based on highly nonlinear tellurite fiber, to generate a high power (multi-watt), single mode beam (M2<2) with extremely wide (2fYm-5fYm) and simultaneous wavelength coverage has significant advantages in terms of reliability (no moving parts or alignment), room temperature operation, size, weight, and power efficiency; this is expected to have a major impact on many applications, particularly infrared countermeasures.

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