New Ceramic Laser Hosts for High Power Lasers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,373.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-10-C-5405
Award Id:
92831
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-076-2693
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF083-076
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
712 State Circle, Ann Arbor, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
966230260
Principal Investigator:
Todd Stefanik
Chief Technologist
(734) 741-9522
todd.stefanik@nanocerox.com
Business Contact:
Peter Gray
President and COO
(734) 741-9522
pgray@nanocerox.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Rare earth sesquioxide transparent ceramics doped with ytterbium are being developed for use in thin disk lasers due to their favorable thermal and optical properties. Nanocrystalline oxide powders are produced using liquid feed flame spray pyrolysis. Particular emphasis is placed on production of high purity powders that can be consolidated to without the formation of second phase scattering centers. Consolidation is accomplished using either wet or dry forming techniques, followed by sinter/HIP to achieve full density. Composite structure fabrication will be investigated. Characterization of optical, mechanical, and thermal properties will be performed. BENEFIT: The proposed work will bring a new class of materials to the table for the fabrication of thin disk lasers. The thermal conductivity, absorption cross section, and high optical efficiency possible in ytterbium doped systems combined with the high beam quality possible from a thin disk laser will provide high power generation from a small package for military and commercial laser applications.

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