Quantum-Cascade-Laser-Based Systems for LWIR Military Applications

Period of Performance: 09/26/2006 - 09/26/2008

$730K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Maxion Technologies, Inc.
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 523
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Maxion Technologies will extend the work accomplished during our Phase I effort to develop high-performance quantum-cascade (QC) lasers in the mid-IR spectral region for Army and other DoD and DHS infrared countermeasure (IRCM) applications. The objectives are to: (1) develop and demonstrate a Band-IV (around 4.8-micron wavelength) QC laser operating quasi-cw (at 25% duty cycle) near room temperature with a peak output power in excess of 2 W (average power of 0.5 W), and (2) illustrate the feasibility of power-scaling techniques for IRCM applications using QC laser technology by demonstrating a suitable laser-beam combining scheme with these lasers.