Multi kW Etched Air Taper Counter Pump Fiber Combiner

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-P-4087
Agency Tracking Number: N121-068-1295
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-068
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
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
 President and CEO
 (815) 383-8303
 don.sipes@opticalenginesinc.com
Business Contact
 Donald Sipes
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (815) 383-8303
Email: don.sipes@opticalenginesinc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Optical Engines has developed and demonstrated a high power pump combiner in the co-propagating direction with 94.5% pump efficiency and a 20dB PER with zero brightness drop. This combiner has been tested for extended periods (approx 1 Hr) with 1.5kW of pump power with no degradation. This was combining into PM PCF Yb doped gain fiber. Optical Engines unique Etched Air Taper Technology will be used to extend this highly successful design into the counter pumped direction. For the Phase 1, Optical Engines will develop and demonstrate a Etched Air Taper counter pump combiner into 25/400 Yb doped Step Index fiber with 6 200um pumps and will test the device to 1.5kW. In the Phase II program this design will be extended to PCF fiber and tested to over 3kW.

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