Novel Efficient and Compact Diode-pumped Rod Gain Modules for Ultra Short Pulsed (USP) Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-09-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: A082-046-1598
Amount: $69,824.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-046
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
3590 East Columbia St, Tucson, AZ, 85714
DUNS: 111653205
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen McCahon
 EVP of Technology
 (520) 917-3063
Business Contact
 Joseph Hayden
Title: EVP of Programs and Contracts
Phone: (520) 917-3061
Research Institution
Lasers based upon rod architectures offer a simple and rugged method for amplifying an Ultra-Short Pulse (USP) duration laser pulse at moderate powers. When paired with a chirped pulse amplifier (CPA) chain, greater system flexibility and capabilities are realized. This proposal provides solutions to overcome the technical challenges when combining the two techniques in high repetition rate operation by utilizing innovative designs and material solutions. The objective of this Phase 1 proposed effort is to develop a detailed design for a diode-pumped rod amplifier head for USP Yb:YAG lasers that is compatible with a CPA chain. The expected deliverable from this proposed research and development effort is to present candidate design technologies and the expected performance characteristics obtained via modeling, simulation or other mathematical methods to facilitate the decision for Phase II prototype construction.

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