Photonic Crystal Applications for Laser Diode Technologies

Period of Performance: 05/24/2007 - 05/23/2008


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Nlight Photonics
5408 NE 88th Street, Building E
Vancouver, WA 98665
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd. M/C 201-15
Pasadena, CA 91125
Institution POC


nLight and Caltech intend to develop and commercially release high power diode lasers which use novel photonic crystal technology to pin the diode into a single mode with narrow spectral linewidth and narrow, stable single mode far field. They will be suitable for use as: (1) high-performance diode laser pumps for solid state lasers, (2) high-power pumps for fiber lasers and (3) single mode diode lasers suitable for direct-diode applications such as range finding, and 100-kW weapons.