Compact, High Power Midwave Infrared Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-04-C-3040
Agency Tracking Number: N022-0236
Amount: $599,924.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: N02-136
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Small Business Information
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 Investigator
 (425) 482-1100
 mark.bowers@aculight.com
Business Contact
 Dennis Lowenthal
Title: Vice President of R&D
Phone: (425) 482-1100
Email: 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 and optical parametric oscillators, have demonstrated the required optical power and wavelength in the mid-infrared spectral region. However, these laser systems are complex and expensive customized devices. To provide reliable and affordable mid-wave lasers for ship-based infrared countermeasures (IRCM), Aculight Corporation proposes a novel laser source based on commercial fiber-optic technology coupled with an innovative wavelength shifter to provide high power, broad bandwidth radiation in the mid-infrared. The Phase I experiments demonstrated the feasibility of combining multiple commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) telecom fiber amplifiers into a high-power mid-wave laser for IRCM. In the Phase II, a moderate power brassboard IRCM laser will be built using COTS telecom fiber-optics components and a novel wavelength shifter. The brassboard laser will be delivered to the Navy for testing at the completion of the Phase II.

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