High Speed and Low Operating Voltage Laser Q-Switch

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-12-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: A121-037-0556
Amount: $88,722.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-037
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way, Wo, MA, -
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Wu
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Amanda Contardo
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: acontardo@agiltron.com
Research Institution
A laser Q-Switch with a low drive voltage and low insertion loss is needed. Today"s electro-optic crystal Q-switch requires high voltage, and the saturable absorber passive Q-switch introduces significant losses in the cavity. Agiltron, Inc., an experienced manufacturer of MEMS chips and MEMS based optical switches, proposes to develop a new MEMS-based laser Q-switch which is compact, ruggedized and only needs less than 200 V drive voltage. The design will be the first MEMS laser Q- switch optimized specifically to meet the requirements for use in designation, marking, and range-finding, and will possess properties of reliability, miniature size, low optical loss, and resistance to shock and can work over a temperature range of -40 to +60 degrees Celsius. Three advances in Agiltron switch technology will be combined to achieve these goals, including a new MEMS actuation mechanism, vast experience in laser systems, and qualified packaging. The MEMS Q-switch will be modeled and fabricated in Phase I. And 20 optimized Q-switch modulators will be built and delivered in Phase II.

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