Compact, High Average Power, Eyesafe Laser Development

Period of Performance: 12/18/1998 - 06/18/1999

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Research Topics

Abstract

Compact lightweight and low cost lasers will benefit the war fighter for multiple applications including: micro-range finders, combat ID systems, training, IRCM and sub-munitions. Current commercial eye safe solid state lasers based on unconventional designs are inefficient, large in size, unreliable and do not meet Army performance requirements. m is SBIR topic is directly related to an AMCOM MRDEC, a small sub-munition radar seeker, Army development program called High Quantity Anti Material Sub-munition (HI- QUAMS). m is SBIR supplements the Army work by developing compact packaging for eyesafe laser sources and reducing the cost of these devices. Aculight proposes to apply its unique laser packaging of diode pumped solid state lasers and engineered nonlinear optics to show feasibility of eye safe sources that meet the cost, size, efficiency and reliability requirements of Army laser radar for munitions. The University of New Mexico (UMM) will support Aculight in this work by defining the best solid state Raman converter to be compared with periodically poled OPOs. Because Aculight and UNM have worked extensively in these fields, and have hardware resources available, the Phase I work can move beyond the design stage with laboratory measurements to directly compare these alternative approaches. BENEFITS: The low cost and compact eye safe lasers proposed enable applications in medicine, portable environmental sensors and high-resolution military imaging.