Compact, High Power Midwave Infrared Lasers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,952.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00178-03-C-3045
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-0236
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ACULIGHT CORP.
11805 North Creek Parkway S., Suite 113, Bothell, WA, 98011
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
801518747
Principal Investigator:
Mark Bowers
Principal Scientist/Inves
(425) 482-1100
mark.bowers@aculight.com
Business Contact:
Dennis Lowenthal
Interim CEO
(425) 482-1100
dennis.lowenthal@aculight.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy requires high power laser sources that can provide multi-Watt output power levels in the mid-infrared for optical countermeasures of anti-ship missiles. Current state of art laser transmitters, consisting of diode-pumped solid-state lasers andoptical parametric oscillators, have demonstrated the required optical power and wavelength in the mid-infrared spectral region. However, these laser systems are unreliable, requiring constant maintenance due to component failure or optical misalignment.To improve the performance of next generation countermeasures systems, Aculight Corporation proposes a novel laser source based on emerging fiber-optic technology coupled with an innovative wavelength shifter to provide high power, broad bandwidthradiation in the mid-infrared. In the Phase I, experiments will be performed to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed novel wavelength shifter. A preliminary design of the mid-infrared laser to be built in the Phase II will also be developed.Results from the Phase I will be used in the option task to perform a detailed design of the laser module that will be built in the Phase II. The market targeted for the proposed compact, high-power mid-infrared laser source is the military production ofsuch lasers for Army, Air Force and Navy infrared countermeasures systems.

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