PHASE-LOCKED MICROLASER ARRAY

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$64,913.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
27455
Agency Tracking Number:
27455
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
40 Lake Bellevue Ste 100, Bellevue, WA, 98005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Steven C Tidwell
(206) 451-9558
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
IN AN EFFORT TO REACH HIGHER POWERS, LASER RESEARCHERS HAVE DEVELOPED LARGER AND INCREASINGLY COMPLEX DEVICES. AN ALTERNATE SCALING APPROACH IS TO COMBINE THE OUTPUT POWER OF MANY SIMPLE LOW-POWER LASERS IN AN ARRAY. MICROLASERS ARE THE PERFECT ARRAY ELEMENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE MASS-PRODUCIBLE AND HAVE POLARIZED, SINGLE-FREQUENCY, DIFFRACTION-LIMITED OUTPUTS. RESEARCHERS HAVE DEVELOPED A UNIQUE MICROLASER ARRAY BASED ON THE DESIRE FOR COHERENT OPERATION. A COHERENT ARRAY WITH N ELEMENTS PRODUCES AN OUTPUT BEAM THAT IS N TIMES MORE POWERFUL ON A DISTANT TARGET ORN TIMES SMALLER AT THE FOCUS OF A LENS THAN AN INCOHERENT N-ELEMENT ARRAY. SINCE MICROLASER ARRAYS CAN EASILY CONTAIN SEVERAL HUNDRED ELEMENTS, THE BENEFIT OF COHERENT OPERATION IS GREAT. COHERENT OPERATION OPENS APPLICATIONS IN MACHINING AND PROCESSING OF ADVANCED MATERIALS SUCH AS COMPOSITES AND CERAMICS. IT ALSO ENABLES APPLICATIONS REQUIRING THE OUTPUT WAVELENGTH TO BE CONVERTED TO OTHER PARTS OF THE SPECTRUM USING NONLINEAR OPTICS. COHERENT OPERATION IS THE NEXT STEP TOWARD ELECTRONIC BEAM STEERING FOR MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS. THESE OPPORTUNITIES ARE POSSIBLE ONLY WITH THE PREVIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF THE MICROLASER ARRAY HARDWARE. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE COHERENT OPERATION OF THE MICROLASER ARRAY. RESEARCHERS ARE FABRICATING SERVO-CONTROL ELECTRONICS FOR THE ARRAY AND INTEGRATING THE CIRCUITRY INTO THE EXISTING COMPUTER. THEY ARE TESTING THE SENSITIVITY OF THE LASER TO VARIATIONS IN POWER, COOLING, AND OTHER VARIABLES TO DETERMINE THE ULTIMATE COMMERCIAL FEASIBILITY. THE RESULT IS A COMPACT, SCALABLE LASER WITH HIGH BEAM QUALITY AND SINGLE-FREQUENCY OUTPUT.

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