Compact, All-Fiber-Based, Eyesafe Laser Source

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-C-1168
Agency Tracking Number: 011SN-1486
Amount: $749,993.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aculight Corp.
11805 North Creek Parkway S., Suite 113, Bothell, WA, 98011
Duns: 801518747
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Bowers
 Principal Scientist
 (425) 482-1100
 mark.bowers@aculight.com
Business Contact
 Charles Miyake
Title: Vice President
Phone: (425) 482-1100
Email: chuck.miyake@aculight.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The Air Force and other branches of the Armed Forces require new eyesafe short-pulse laser sources for many applications. These include laser rangefinders with improved range resolution, high-resolution range-gated imaging from UAVs and missiles, and asoptical drivers for frequency conversion to longer wavelengths for the identification of explosive materials, and biological or drug related threats. To meet these future needs, Aculight proposes to develop a short pulse, eyesafe, high power, and highrepetition rate laser source based on innovative fiber amplifier technology. This new approach uses many components developed recently for the telecommunications industry to develop an all-fiber-based laser source. It utilizes the best properties ofdiodes and fibers: high efficiency, compactness, reliability, and reduced thermal issues, as well as providing direct eyesafe output. In the Phase II, Aculight proposes to develop, build, and deliver a prototype laser to provide a proof-of-conceptdemonstration of a novel eyesafe laser source for potential application in a variety of DOD applications."

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