High-Power Fiber-Optical Switch for Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM) Laser Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0231
Agency Tracking Number: N064-039-0222
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T039
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Arizona Center for Innovation, UA Sci &, Tucson, AZ, 85747
DUNS: 142005334
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Kost
 Associate Professor
 (520) 626-7596
Business Contact
 Katherine Liu
Title: President
Phone: (520) 229-1324
Email: kliu@alloptronics.com
Research Institution
 Janet Hornung
 888 N. Euclid Ave.
Tucson, AZ, 85721
 (520) 626-6000
 Nonprofit college or university
We propose to develop a new fiber optic switch for IRCM applications. The purpose of the phase I program is to demonstrate the feasibility of a high power 1xN (N=2-6) fiber optic switch operating in the mid IR region. By carefully optimizing each individual optical component, the optical switch will have a minimum net insertion loss of less than ~0.25dB at given laser wavelengths in the mid IR region. A pathway to develop a highly ruggedized optical switch for military applications is outlined and will be vigorously pursued during the tenure of the phase I program. The technical goals of the phase I program are to (a) experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of the key performance parameters and (b) to conduct preliminary packaging design of a ruggedized switch. BENEFITS: The Navy has interest in infrared counter measure systems that use lasers to protect aircraft from infrared-guided threats. Among the counter measure architectures under consideration is a centrally located laser with distribution by optical fiber to multiple tracker-pointer output assemblies. This approach reduces volume, weight, and cost. An enabling technology for this architecture is a robust fiber-optic switch. This program would provide the Navy with a high performance switch with low insertion loss and the capability to handle high power. The switch will also be important for civilian applications such as laser marking, laser machining, laser micromachining, and forensic science.

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