High Efficiency Gain Media for Eye-Safer 1.55 µm Ultrafast Fiber Amplifiers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,987.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0240
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-012-0689
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T012
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc.
1855 South 57th Court, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
160015093
Principal Investigator:
Daisy Raymondson
Research Scientist
(303) 544-9068
draymondson@kmlabs.com
Business Contact:
Sterling Backus
Vice President of R&D
(303) 544-9068
sbackus@kmlabs.com
Research Institution:
Colorado School of Mines
Michele Land
1523 Illinois St.
Golden, CO, 80401
(303) 273-3405
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to design a high average power Er:Fiber ultrafast laser system which is pumped at 14xxnm, and at the same time solve other problems related to ultrashort pulses in fiber lasers. The advantage of using 14xxnm pumping is the reduction of the standard quantum defect from 37% to 5%, thus greatly reducing the thermal load on the system, which makes it inherently more efficient. We also intend to construct an Er:fiber oscillator based on a new potentially rugged modelocking mechanism, which includes the positive dispersion regime known to reduce adverse non-linear effects in the gain medium. From this, and research into new fiber materials (Nufern), we will design a full amplified ultrafast laser system for implementation in Phase II.

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