Low Cost Pulsed Laser

Period of Performance: 06/14/2000 - 03/19/2001

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aculight Corp.
22121 - 20th Avenue SE
Bothell, WA 98021
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

In order for electro-optical seekers to be applied to tactical weapons, lasers used in these systems must be made less expensive, and be engineered into compact and reliable devices. We propose to develop a diode pumped Ytterbium doped flouoroapatite laser oscillator that may greatly reduce the laser's cost compared to current pulsed diode pumped solid state lasers. The proposed Phase I research will develop and test a 200 mJ pulse energy, Q-switched, diode pumped laser oscillator. This affordable diode pumped solid state laser has applications in tactical military systems and in semiconductor processing equipment.