High-Power Vertical-Cavity Laser Diode Arrays for Fiber Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0210
Agency Tracking Number: A082-139-1281
Amount: $729,858.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-139
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Michael MacDougal
 Vice-President of Enginee
 (805) 642-4645
 macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jonathan Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop fiber laser pump modules based on Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays which can have a manufacturing cost ten times lower than the existing Edge Emitting Laser (EEL) technology. Aerius will demonstrate and deliver high power VCSEL array modules emitting at 976 nm wavelength. These modules can be used to pump Er-doped, Yb-doped and Yb/Er-codoped fiber lasers at a very efficient laser absorption wavelength. The module architecture can be extended to 795 nm pumps for Tm-doped fiber lasers. In Phase I, Aerius fabricated and tested 940 nm VCSEL devices and used these results to define the approach that would lead to the performance and cost objectives indicated. In Phase II, Aerius will optimize the VCSEL structure and semiconductor material to operate at 976 nm and to increase the device wall-plug efficiency. The program will also evaluate laser mode control architectures to maximize fiber coupling efficiency and develop packaging techniques that optimize thermal performance. Aerius will deliver two VCSEL pump modules to a fiber laser system manufacturer for characterization and testing.

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