High-Power Vertical Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Space Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$1,999,960.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0147-08-C-7903
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-020-0460
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA06-020
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
AERIUS PHOTONICS, LLC.
4160 Market St., Suite 6, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Michael MacDougal
Vice-President of Enginee
(805) 642-4645
macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jonathan Geske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Instead of making incremental improvements to the inherent weakness of the laser facet, Aerius Photonics proposes to fabricate space-qualifiable laser pump arrays that eliminate the weakness of the facet altogether by using kilowatt-capable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which use a distributed mirror, effectively decoupling the feedback mirror from the output window. When compared to edge-emitting laser arrays, VCSELs offer (1) lower power density at the exit aperture, reducing hotspots, (2) simplified optics, (3) a single solder interface, (4) arbitrary array shape, (5)lower wavelength drift over temperature, and (6) a lower inherent production cost due to their ease of processing and testing. At the end of a successful Phase II, Aerius will deliver arrays with an emission wavelength of 808 nm and an output power of greater than 1000W per bar stack and demonstrating high reliability in a high vacuum environment. In Phase I, they performed baseline reliability studies of kilowatt-capable VCSEL arrays in vacuum and demonstrated their compatibility with space environments. In addition, Aerius’ VCSEL arrays demonstrated radiation hardness when exposed to ionizing radiation and proton irradiation.

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