Wavelength Conversion of Pulsed Fiber Lasers

Period of Performance: 02/08/2007 - 04/30/2009

$1.05MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Abstract

First generation mid-infrared lasers contribute to the prohibitively high life cycle cost of infrared countermeasures systems, precluding their broad application in helicopters. We propose to develop a fiber amplifier-based IRCM laser transmitter that will contain all optical beams within optical fiber, eliminating adjustable, discrete optical mounts to significantly increase the laser s MTBF. The Phase I work demonstrated the feasibility of using telecommunication fiber-optic components to build a mid-infrared IRCM transmitter suitable for helicopter applications. In the Phase II, we will develop a prototype IRCM laser transmitter based on fiber technology and also demonstrate open-ended power scalability of a fiber-based architecture.