All Fiber-based Ultrashort Chirped Pulse Amplification Laser Operating at 2um Wavelengths Based on Thulium Doped Germanate Active Fibers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0354
Agency Tracking Number: N103-210-0216
Amount: $2,258,342.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N103-210
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park 9030 S. Rita Road,, 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120, Tucson, AZ, 85747-9108
DUNS: 014750785
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arturo Chavez-Pirson
 Chief Technical Officer
 (520) 799-7438
 chavez@npphotonics.com
Business Contact
 James Fountain
Title: Director Contract Adminis
Phone: (520) 799-7424
Email: fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
NP Photonics proposes to develop an all fiber-based ultrashort fiber laser system capable of generating high average power (multi-watt), single mode beam (M2 < 2) with high peak power per pulse and ultrashort pulse width (< 1 ps). This type of laser has significant advantages in terms of reliability (no moving parts or alignment), room temperature operation, size, weight, and power efficiency compared to conventional solid state lasers. The active fiber in the laser is based on a highly efficient thulium doped germanate glass fiber which operates at 2 microns wavelengths. It represents the heart of the optical engine consisting of a mode-locked fiber laser and large mode area fiber amplifiers. This laser system is expected to have a major impact on many applications, such as, for example, infrared countermeasures (IRCM) where a suitable ultra-short pulse laser operating near 2m is needed to generate mid-IR (3m - 5m) super-continuum in a nonlinear optical fiber.

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