New Rare-Earth-Doped Glass Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers for 1.54 um Communications

Period of Performance: 09/14/1999 - 02/14/2000

$65K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

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

Research Institution

University of Arizona
888 N Euclid Ave
Tucson, AZ 85721
Institution POC

Abstract

The goal of this project is to develop new high performance Er/Yb-codoped phosphate glass cladded fibers for fabrication of miniature high efficiency lasers and amplifiers for 1.54 ?m optical communications systems. Kigre's highly developed MM-1, MM-2, and QX/Er Er/Yb-codoped phosphate glasses are well suited for use as 1.54 ?m oscillator amplifier materials. This Phase I effort will focus on the design, fabrication, and initial evaluation of a novel single mode clad fiber capable of producing high gain amplification (~0.5 dB/mm) at 1.54 ?m in a short (~3-4cm) length.