Date Announced: 22 Jul 2011
Targets production of <100fs pulses from lasers based on proprietary chirally coupled core optical fiber.
Ann Arbor, MI, July 22, 2011: Arbor Photonics, Inc.has been awardeda Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract from the U.S. Army to develop a Compact and Rugged Femtosecond Laser for Hazardous Material Detection. Thegoal of the program is to develop >100 microjoule (μJ), <100 femtosecond (fs) fiber lasers based on Arbor Photonics’ proprietary 3CTM (Chirally-Coupled Core) optical fiber.
The 3C fiber conceptis a revolutionary type of optical fiber that utilizes an internal structure to produce single spatial mode output from very large core fibers. 3C fiber has previously been used to amplify nanosecond pulses with up to 100 kW peak power and 100 W average power with exceptional beam quality (M2< 1.1).
According to Phillip Amaya, CEO of Arbor Photonics, “This grant will extend the use of 3C fiber to amplification in the ultrashort pulse operating regime, and, in conjunction with other novel components, will enable a laser system with performance beyond that of commercially available ultrafast lasers.”
The targeted performance, when produced in a compact and robust format, will permit significant progress toward the Army’s goal of accurate and sensitive remote detection of hazardous materials. Arbor Photonics will also develop commercial applications for this technology.
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