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High Average Power Superconituum in the Mid-Infrared

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: N092-119-0078
Amount: $69,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-119
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-10-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-04-08
Small Business Information
12019 Heather Down Dr.
Herndon, VA 20170
United States
DUNS: 623702557
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francois Chenard
 President
 (418) 655-4228
 francois.chenard@irflex.com
Business Contact
 Francois Chenard
Title: President
Phone: (418) 655-4228
Email: francois.chenard@irflex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems defend many aircraft and ground vehicles located in combat zones from infrared-guided attacking missiles. These systems disable the incoming threat through the use of directed infrared laser energy. To protect from various heat-seeking missile threats, Multiple-band coverage is required in the infrared region (1-5 micron). Currently available IRCM solutions are very expensive and suffer limitations and disadvantages such as excessive size and weight; long initial cool-down time (cryogenic temperatures), short operating time, limited duty cycle, complex packaging, low wall plug efficiency, poor beam quality, and limited output power. The proposed work will develop an innovative compact chalcogenide fiber-based broadband (1-5 microns) high average power (5-10 Watt) source using supercontinuum generation. The feasibility of generating supercontinuum in novel chalcogenide nonlinear fiber will be studied. Phase I activities will include theoretical modeling and design for the nonlinear fiber and supercontinuum generation. A prototype fiber will be delivered.

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