Optical Fiber COupled Integrated High-Low Energy Laser

Period of Performance: 06/27/1996 - 06/27/1998

$600K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Kigre, Inc.
100 Marshland Road
Hilton Head, SC 29926
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

This Small Business Innovative Research Phase II project will continue the development of an integrated laser system that will deliver both intense high energy laser pulses and low energy, high peak power pulses from the same device. Current systems do not fully utilize both the high and low energy pulses. The systems that do incorporate a low energy pulse limit its use to a simple diagnostic of the fiberoptic cable used to transfer the high energy laser pulse. This effort will explore not only the existing uses of high/low energy systems, but will result in a complete laser system that can be readily incorporated into existing Fire Control Systems via a serial bus. Advantages of these laser ignition systems will include improved system reliability, saftey and simplicity. Benefits: Existing commercial blasting, mining and demolition systems rely on costly and time consuming safety procedures. Despite the implementation of these procedures, inadvertent ignitions occur from various electro-magnetic sources, i.e. static electricity. A laser system would incorporate built-in safety features that would reduce or eliminate the possibility of inadvertent ignition. Other commercial areas that would benefit from this technology include medical, industrial rescue and telecommunication