Microchip Laser Beam Switch

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-C-0470
Agency Tracking Number: N021-0327
Amount: $449,944.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jing Zhao
 (781) 933-0513
Business Contact
 Lei Zhang
Title: Director of R&D
Phone: (781) 933-0513
Email: Lzhang@agiltron.com
Research Institution
This program addresses the development of a cutting edge optical switching technology for microchip laser. Leveraged on our industry leading solid-state optical switch commercialization expertise, AGILTRON Inc. is developing and perfecting a uniqueoptoceramic 1x4 switch. This program is focused on achieving desirable attributes of sub-microsecond switching speed, low power consumption, low optical loss, compact size, lightweight, and unmatched low cost. During Phase I, we have successfullydemonstrated the feasibility of sub-microsecond switching functionality covering a wide temperature range of -40oC to 80oC. We have also successfully demonstrated an efficient electronic driver that delivers the clean high speed switching features.Moreover, we have produced a functional Generation I Prototype 4 direction optical switch that is in a compact and low cost package. These results are world-class and state-of-the-art. Coupling with our volume optical switching production know-how, wepropose to further develop pre-production prototyping switches that meet all critical requirement for NAVY system applications. It is anticipated that the proposed high performance switch will have wide application in DoD systems such as photonic radarand fiberoptic microwave distribution network. The anticipated commercial communication switching market is very large with forecasted reaching billion dollars by year 2006.

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