Compact Eyesafe Laser for High Resolution Range Imaging

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
f33615-01-M-1928
Award Id:
52517
Agency Tracking Number:
011SN-1486
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11805 North Creek Parkway S., Suite 113, Bothell, WA, 98011
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mark Bowers
Principal Scientist
(425) 482-1100
mark.bowers@aculight.com
Business Contact:
Charles Miyake
Vice President
(425) 482-1100
chuck.miyake@aculight.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Air Force and other branches of the Armed Forces require laser transmitters for future laser rangefinders (LRF) that are capable of target ranging and improved spatial resolution for target identification. To meet the requirements of these futureLRF's, Aculight Corporation proposes to develop a short pulse (<1 ns), eyesafe, high power, and high repetition rate laser source based on high power pumping of large-core erbium doped fiber amplifiers. This new approach uses a novel high brightness diodepump source to directly pump the fiber core permitting the use of shorter fibers, which increases the threshold of nonlinear effects resulting in efficient extraction of high pulse energy and high peak power pulses. Furthermore, this approach utilizes thebest properties of diodes and fibers: high efficiency, compactness, reliabliabily, and reduced thermal issues, as well as providing direct eyesafe output. This concept, coupled with Aculight's novel packaging techniques, will result in a very efficient,compact, and robust laser source for future LRF.This work will develop a novel high power, high brightness semiconductor diode laser source that has commercial applications in the areas of pumps sources for fiber lasers and amplifiers and in industrial processing applications.

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