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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-06-M-0231
Award Id:
77109
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-039-0222
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Arizona Center for Innovation, UA Sci &, Tucson, AZ, 85747
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
142005334
Principal Investigator:
Alan Kost
Associate Professor
(520) 626-7596
akost@uarizona.edu
Business Contact:
Katherine Liu
President
(520) 229-1324
kliu@alloptronics.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF ARIZONA
Janet Hornung
888 N. Euclid Ave.
Tucson, AZ, 85721
(520) 626-6000
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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