High Power Ultra-Short Pulse Bulk Laser Amplifier at Eye Safer Wavelengths

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-P-4072
Agency Tracking Number: N121-059-1298
Amount: $79,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-059
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Aqwest
8276 Eagle Road, Larkspur, CO, 80118
DUNS: 799077552
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Vetrovec
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 681-0456
 jvetrovec@aqwest.com
Business Contact
 Katerina Vetrovec
Title: VP Business
Phone: (303) 681-0456
Email: kvetrovec@aqwest.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Aqwest will develop a novel high-power ultra-short pulse (USP) laser amplifier at eye safer wavelengths (ESW). The project will leverage our previous work in the development of USP laser amplifiers and offers major benefits to the Navy and the Department of Defense: 1.5-1.7 micron wavelength range for eye safety and good atmospheric transmission Wide bandwidth for pulse compression to<100 femtoseconds Output scalable to>100 mJ Pulse repetition frequency (PRF) up to kHz regime Near diffraction-limited beam quality (BQ) for efficient pulse compression/propagation Compact and lightweight for portability by military means In Phase I, we will update our amplifier concept and demonstrate its feasibility by analysis and laboratory experiments. In particular, we will demonstrate the feasibility of scaling the amplifier to a 100 mJ, 1 kHz, 100 fs laser system at an ESW. In Phase II, we will construct a USP laser system and use it to demonstrate generation of 100 fs pulses of more than 50mJ at an ESW within the 1.5 micron transmission window at modest PRF. Based on these results, we will develop a scaling path and a conceptual design for a USP laser for increased PRF.

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