Fiber-based, high-energy, ultra-short pulse eye-safe source

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-08-M-0086
Agency Tracking Number: N081-050-0102
Amount: $69,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-050
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
ACULIGHT CORP.
22121 20th Avenue SE, Bothell, WA, 98021
DUNS: 801518747
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Deborah Alterman
 Principal Investigator
 (425) 482-1100
 deborah.alterman@aculight.com
Business Contact
 Robert Afzal
Title: VP of Research & Development
Phone: (425) 482-1100
Email: rob.afzal@aculight.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Tactical laser sources delivering high-peak-power (from multi-MW to TW) in agile optical pulse trains at high pulse repetition frequency (PRF) in the eye-safe wavelength region are of interest for several military applications including proactive infrared countermeasures (PIRCM), non-lethal munitions, and remote sensing of battlefield threats. To meet the needs for future tactical lasers, Aculight proposes a transportable, highly flexible, fiber-based high-peak-power optical source capable of operating at eye-safe wavelengths. The proposed laser technology provides direct access to regimes of operation that are challenging or off limits for traditional pulsed solid-state sources intended for military use. The rugged, fiber-based nature of the laser enables rapid transition to battlefield deployment. The Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of the approach through analysis culminating with a design for the Phase II laser. At the completion of Phase II, Aculight will deliver a breadboard all-fiber, eye-safe, high-energy, ultra-short pulse laser to the Navy for laboratory use.

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