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Company Information:

Company Name:
Aculight Corporation
Address:
22121 20th Avenue SE
Bothell, WA 98021-4408
Phone:
(425) 482-1100
URL:
N/A
EIN:
911581683
DUNS:
801518747
Number of Employees:
87
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
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POC Name:
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POC Phone:
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POC Email:
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Narrative:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $7,477,963.00 88
SBIR Phase II $38,944,784.00 49
STTR Phase I $417,110.00 3
STTR Phase II $782,363.00 1

Award List:

Solid-State Pumped 3-5 Micron Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$50,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
N/a

High Repetition Rate Mid-Infrared Laser for IRCM

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,378.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mr. Charles Miyake
Abstract:
A high repetition rate mid infrared laser (3-5 microns) capable of providing multispectral output covering all bands used by infrared missile would make a solid state laser based IRCM system a potentially attractive replacement for black body infrared jammers. We propose a novel laser concept that… More

PHASE-LOCKED MICROLASER ARRAY

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$64,913.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Steven C Tidwell
Abstract:
In an effort to reach higher powers, laser researchers have developed larger and increasingly complex devices. an alternate scaling approach is to combine the output power of many simple low-power lasers in an array. microlasers are the perfect array elements because they are mass-producible and… More

Solid-State Pumped 3-5 Micron Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$375,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
N/a

High-Power Deep-Ultraviolet Tunable CW Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,792.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mr. Steven Tidwell
Abstract:
N/a

High-Power Deep-Ultraviolet Tunable CW Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$696,524.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mr. Steven Tidwell
Abstract:
Aculight proposes developing novel non-linear optical configurations to access any wavelength in the near and deep UV. We set a long term goal of 20 to 50 Watts of cw or ultra-high pulse rate mode locked UV output. The UV output will initially be at pre-set wavelength, and will be tunable with… More

Dual Use Mid-Infrared Laser For Surgery and Ship Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,121.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Miyake
Abstract:
Significant deficiencies exist in the laser source technology for IRCM, specifically in the limited pulse rep-rate capability, limited average power output and capability to be transitioned to field environments. We propose a diode pumped solid state Er,Ho:YSGG laser and optical parametric… More

Compact Mid-Infrared Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Miyake
Abstract:
N/a

Diode-Pumped Cr:Lisaf Lasers For Ozone And Water Vapor Sensing Lidars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
J.j. Ewing , President
Abstract:
N/a

Tunable Water Sensing Micro-Lidar Transmitter Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Roy D. Mead , Principal Scientist
Abstract:
N/a

Tunable Laser Radar Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Dennis Lowenthal
Abstract:
N/a

A Tunable Solid State Source Driven by a High Performance Diode Pumped Ytterbium Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$75,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Roy D. Mead
Abstract:
N/a

1-3 Micron Tunable Diode Pumped Solid State Laser Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$80,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Charles E. Hamilton
Abstract:
N/a

Tunable Laser Radar Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$403,717.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Dennis Lowenthal
Abstract:
Aculight proposes the development of a frequency tunable source suitable for LADAR measurements from compact military platforms. The source will use a fixed frequency diode pumped solid state drive laser and an optical parametric oscillator, tunable from 1.6 to 2.4 microns. Output energies will be… More

1-3 Micron Tunable Diode Pumped Solid State Laser Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$716,844.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Charles E. Hamilton
Abstract:
High pulse energy, high repetition rate, tunable, narrowband sources are needed for optical pumping of mid-infrared gas laser converters. The source needs continuous tunability over the 1-3 micron band to access different overtone bands in various gaseous gain media. Due to the need for diode… More

Compact, High Pulse Rate, Mid-Infrared laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Dennis D. Lowenthal
Abstract:
N/a

Diode-Pumped Cr:Lisaf Lasers For Ozone And Water Vapor Sensing Lidars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$596,436.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
J.j. Ewing , President
Abstract:
N/a

CW Mid-Infrared Tandem OPO Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dennis Lowenthal
Abstract:
N/a

Compact Mid-Infrared Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Charles Miyake
Abstract:
Significant deficiencies exist in the laser source technology for IRCM, specifically in the limited pulse rep-rate capability, limited average power output and capability to be transitioned to military environments. We propose a novel tandem OPO concept that uses two noncritical phasematched OPO's… More

Compact, High Pulse Rate, Mid-Infrared laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$300,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Dennis D. Lowenthal
Abstract:
We propose to develop and deliver a compact, high pulse repetition rate, mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator wavelength converter and cw fiber coupled diode pumped, Q-switched, Nd:YV04 diode pumped laser. A new nonlinear material, periodic poled Lithium Niobate (PPLN) enables an OPO to… More

CW Mid-Infrared Tandem OPO Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dennis Lowenthal
Abstract:
CW mid-IR sources, capable of delivering 5 Watts of average power, are required in the 2-5 micron range for IR counter measures. To date, solid state laser approaches have been limited to less than 1-2 Watts of average power due to absorption and adverse thermal effects in the nonlinear… More

Ultra Narrowband Optical Parametric Oscillator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey W. Pierce
Abstract:
Presently there are no broadly tenable, narrow linewidth souces that operate throughout the mid-infrared (mid-IR) region of the spectrum, from 1 to 5 microns. Traditional sources have very low spectral brightness (low power per unit spectral bandwidth). This proposal describes a novel approach to… More

Robust Multifunction Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey W. Pierce
Abstract:
The high cost of near-to-mid infrared laser sources is problematic for many military applications, such as seekers where sources are short lived. Order-of-magnitude cost reductions are needed for 10-20 watt, 1-micron lasers. The proposed approach to reducing costs involves using novel… More

Low Power Long Wave Infrared Laser Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Charles E. Hamilton
Abstract:
With new detectors capable of sensing 7.5 - 9 micron wavelengths, a future threat is emerging since these detectors can be used in seekers. The need is to counter this threat with a laser source operating at 7.5 - 9 microns. The source requirements are 5 - 10 Watts of average power and a … More

Compact, Low-Cost Tunable Laser Source for Remote Chemical Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$75,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mark S. Bowers , Principal Scientist
Abstract:
115 Compact, Low-Cost Tunable Laser Source for Remote Chemical Sensing--Aculight Corporation, 40 Lake Bellevue, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98005-2480; (206) 451-9558 Dr. Mark S. Bowers, Principal Investigator Mr. Charles I. Miyake, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG03-97ER82308 Amount: … More

Solid State Seed Laser for COIL

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dennis D. Lowenthal
Abstract:
The Air Force Phillips Laboratory is seeking approaches for demonstrating frequency agile COIL (chemical oxygen iodine lasers) operating near 1.31 microns and at 10 kHz rep rates. Frequency conversion approaches must be capable of handling high average power levels, greater than 10 kWatts. … More

Low-cost, high brightness, short-pulse eyesafe solid-state laser transmitter for long-range missile defense

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,801.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers
Abstract:
For future long-range theater ballistic missile defense, aircraft-mounted LADAR systems require eyesafe laser transmitters that produce higher pulse energy and better beam quality than currently available optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) pumped by diode-pumped Nd:YAG lasers. Aculight … More

Light Source for Cavity Ring-Down Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$50,000.00
Agency:
DOC
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Charles Hamilton
Abstract:
Cavity Ring-Down (CRD) spectroscopy is developing into a precise tool for measuring gaseous contaminants in ultrahigh vacuum and other environments. Optimum sensitivity is obtained by driving the CRD spectrometer in the mid-IR part of the spectrum with about 100 mWatts of average power at 5 kHz and… More

Micro-Pulse Lidar For 940nm Water Vapor Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Charles Hamilton , PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Abstract:
N/a

Ultra Narrowband Optical Parametric Oscillator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,936.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey W. Pierce
Abstract:
Presently there are no broadly tenable, narrow linewidth souces that operate throughout the mid-infrared (mid-IR) region of the spectrum, from 1 to 5 microns. Traditional sources have very low spectral brightness (low power per unit spectral bandwidth). This proposal describes a novel approach to… More

Solid State Seed Laser for COIL

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,932.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dennis D. Lowenthal
Abstract:
The Air Force Phillips Laboratory is seeking approaches for demonstrating frequency agile COIL (chemical oxygen iodine lasers) operating near 1.31 microns and at 10 kHz rep rates. Frequency conversion approaches must be capable of handling high average power levels, greater than 10 kWatts. … More

Low-cost, high brightness, wavelength-selectable laser transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$777,987.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers
Abstract:
For future long-range theater ballistic missile defense, aircraft-mounted LADAR systems require eyesafe laser transmitters that produce higher pulse energy and better beam quality than currently available optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) pumped by diode-pumped Nd:YAG lasers. Aculight … More

Light Source for Cavity Ring-Down Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$199,976.00
Agency:
DOC
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Charles Hamilton
Abstract:
Cavity Ring-Down (CRD) spectroscopy is developing into a precise tool for measuring gaseous contaminants in ultrahigh vacuum and other environments. Optimum sensitivity is obtained by driving the CRD spectrometer in the mid-IR part of the spectrum with about 100 mWatts of average power at 5 kHz and… More

Advanced Diode Pumped Laser Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Jeffery Pierce
Abstract:
High power lasers are needed for many airborne applications. These lasers must be compact, reliable in high vibration environments, and must also have a low per unit cost. Aculight proposes to develop a high repetition rate laser with average power of 10-20 watts using novel packaging designs and… More

High Brightness, Multi-Wavelength Semiconductor Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$50,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr. David Shannon
Abstract:
Improving the optical beam brightness of diode laser bars and optically pumped semiconductors is essential for many Air Force and commercial applications. In this proposed work Aculight will build and test a MIT/LL optical approach for decreasing the angular divergence of diode laser bars by a… More

Low Cost Mid-Infrared Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Gerald Kim
Abstract:
Not Available Silicon-based devices have remained the workhorse of the solid state device community. As the need for higher processor rates is ever increasing, silicon-based systems are being pushed to their limit. In addition, due to the indirect bandgap of silicon, light emission is not… More

Compact Diode Driver

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Pierce
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$747,361.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Jeffery Pierce
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$748,738.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr David Shannon
Abstract:
N/a

Micro Pulse Lidar for Water Vapor Profiling

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Jason Farmer
Abstract:
N/a

CELLULAR RESOLUTION OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$115,253.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Farmer
Research Institution:
Massachusetts General Hospital
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
N/a

DIODE LASER DEVELOPMENT FOR CELLULAR RESOLUTION IMAGING

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$103,443.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Jason N. Farmer
Abstract:
N/a

Compact, High Average Power, Eyesafe Laser Development

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$120,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Jeff Pierce
Abstract:
Not Available This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will investigate the technical feasibility of fabricating an affordable blue laser array for projection displays. Our concept uses a new approach to fabricating lithium-niobate-based quasi-phasematching frequency converters to… More

Low Cost Ladar Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Margaret Brown
Abstract:
Not Available In this project, Foster-Miller will evaluate the likely failure modes, and the sensor and electrical signals available in the systems controllers for performing diagnostics evaluations on advanced aircraft electric actuation systems. An overall concept will be developed for a… More

Compact Diode Driver

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$985,966.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Margaret Brown
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
David C. Gerstenberger, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Steven Tidwell, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Brown, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jason Farmer, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
N/a

Compact, High Average Power, Eyesafe Laser Development

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$730,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Jeff Pierce
Abstract:
N/a

Low Cost Ladar Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$678,729.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Margaret Brown
Abstract:
N/a

WSME: Web based Smart Modeling Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$375,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Gerald Kim
Abstract:
Present, laser based, countermeasure systems are too large and too expensive for deployment. Aculight will apply its propritary optical mounting techniques to reduce the size and cost of these IR transmitters. Further, Aculight will remove the power,controls and diode laser pumps from the laser… More

Trace gas sensor based on a novel room temperature mid-infrared laser source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
We propose here to develop a practical multi-species sensor for atmospheric gas concentrations and fluxes. The sensor will be based upon Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS), which is a highly sensitive and selective measurement technique. The practicality of this technique has up to… More

High efficiency laser for space-borne lidar applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Bowers, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
The next generation of space-based lidar systems requires high energy and highly efficient solid-state laser transmitters. High efficiency enables the system volume and weight to be reduced, both for the laser and the primary power source. For a space-based lidar application, this means reduced… More

Modeling of Composite Solid Propellant Combustion

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Dennis Lowenthal, Vice President, R&D
Abstract:
Undersea, fiber optic, cable systems are currently either battery powered or powered from shore via a conductor that is part of the cable. For the former, large battery packs must be deployed wherever electronics are located along the system. For thelatter, the conductor in the cable dominates… More

Novel Mini-DIAL Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,980.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jason Farmer, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the need for a new generation of water vapor DIAL transmitters. These transmitters must be UAV flight deployable and operate efficiently at a high repetition rate and low pulse energy. Aculight proposes to address this need with a compositionally tuned garnet laser that… More

Novel Mini-DIAL Transmitter

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Jason Farmer, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the need for a new generation of water vapor DIAL transmitters. These transmitters must be UAV flight deployable and operate efficiently at a high repetition rate and low pulse energy. Aculight proposes to address this need with a compositionally tuned garnet laser that… More

Cost Effective, Scalable, High Power, Mid -IR Optically (Laser) Pumped Molecular Laser Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,880.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Brown, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
The Air Force and other branches of the armed forces require compact and cost-effective, high power (10s of Watts) sources of mid-infrared radiation at wavelengths within atmospheric transmission bands. Thermal issues in solid-state lasers have so farlimited the performance of these devices at long… More

Cost Effective, Scalable, High Power, Mid -IR Optically (Laser) Pumped Molecular Laser Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Brown, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
The Air Force and other branches of the armed forces require compact and cost-effective, high power (10s of Watts) sources of mid-infrared radiation at wavelengths within atmospheric transmission bands. Thermal issues in solid-state lasers have so farlimited the performance of these devices at long… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project addresses the need for a new generation of laser transmitters for differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurements of water vapor. Phase II will develop a new laser technology for mini-DIAL measurements of water vapor. DIAL transmitter… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$399,881.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project addresses the need for a new generation of laser transmitters for differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurements of water vapor. Phase II will develop a new laser technology for mini-DIAL measurements of water vapor. DIAL transmitter… More

Compact Eyesafe Laser for High Resolution Range Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mark Bowers, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
The Air Force and other branches of the Armed Forces require laser transmitters for future laser rangefinders (LRF) that are capable of target ranging and improved spatial resolution for target identification. To meet the requirements of these futureLRF's, Aculight Corporation proposes to develop a… More

Low Power Consumption Laser for Undersea Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$743,298.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Steve Tidwell, Principal Research Engr.
Abstract:
"The Navy is faced with the problem of transmitting data betweenvarious platforms and underwater instrumentation. Security andsafety prevent physical contact between the platform and the datasource so remote optical communication is necessary. A frequencydoubled Nd:YAG laser is used in these… More

Compact, All-Fiber-Based, Eyesafe Laser Source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,993.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
"The Air Force and other branches of the Armed Forces require new eyesafe short-pulse laser sources for many applications. These include laser rangefinders with improved range resolution, high-resolution range-gated imaging from UAVs and missiles, and asoptical drivers for frequency conversion to… More

High Energy Laser Diagnostics for Space Based Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David C. Gerstenberger, Principal Res Scientist
Abstract:
"In support of the SBL-IFX program, the Air Force Research Laboratory is interested in the development of advanced laser diagnostics that will provide diagnostic and monitoring optical tools to contribute to the success of the SBL mission. We propose here anovel laser system that can be used in a… More

High Energy, Modular, Long Pulse Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers, Principal Scientist
Abstract:
"The Advanced Integrated Warfare System (AIEWS) will require a high-energy, long-pulse laser that emits wavelengths in the visible to near infrared for optical countermeasures of anti-ship missiles. To meet this future Navy need, Aculight Corporationproposes an affordable and modular diode-pumped… More

High Energy Solid State Laser (SSL) for Ship Self-Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Brown, Principal Scientist/Inves
Abstract:
"Megawatt power lasers are required for military weapons applications. In order to allow such lasers to have unlimited time of operation in the field, they should be electrically driven. The power output of current solid-state lasers meeting thisrequirement is limited to kilowatt levels due to… More

High Energy Laser Diagnostics for Space Based Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,889.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight proposes to develop a novel laser source that will enable fundamental spectroscopic studies of Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) to be performed by the Air Force, providing vital design information for the development of high power HF lasers. The source willbe a continuous wave optical parametric… More

Dual use, non-cryogenic operating temperature, mid-infrared laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Chuck Miyake, VP of Business Development
Research Institution:
MIT LINCOLN LABORATORY
RI Contact:
Gail Powderly
Abstract:
Future IRCM laser transmitters are being developed based on optically pumped GaSb mid-infrared semiconductor laser, however, the current technology requires the laser to be operated at cryogenic temperature. Aculight and MIT Lincoln Laboratory propose toinvestigate methods to increase the operating… More

Compact, Short-Pulse Laser Source for Active Imaging Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
73137S03-IFuture active imaging systems for national security applications require compact, rugged, and efficient short-pulse laser sources that can operate over a wide-repetition-rate range. These systems can generate high-resolution topographical maps, which can help detect the proliferation of… More

Space Qualified One Micron Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Eric Honea, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose a Yb:SFAP laser system, using a novel resonator scheme, that will provide over 1 J per pulse output at 100 Hz at high efficiency, in a package far more compact, lower mass and efficient that conventional systems. The high-pulse-energy poweroscillator architecture is especially suited to… More

High Power Mid-Infrared (2-10 Micron) Diode Laser Development

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Chuck Miyake, Vice President
Abstract:
Advanced IRCM lasers and systems, currently in development, require mid-infrared semiconductor lasers with very non-standard design parameters. The proposed effort will investigate the performance of commercially grown GaSb based materials and optimizetheir performance for use in unique laser… More

High power single frequency source for cavity ring-down spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$74,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson
Abstract:
Aculight proposes to develop a laser source that will enable NIST to perform highly sensitive water vapor detection via cavity ring-down spectroscopy. The source will operate over a wavelength region centered at 1380nm. It will be based upon frequency conversion of a single frequency fiber source… More

Compact, High Power Midwave Infrared Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,952.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Mark Bowers, Principal Scientist/Inves
Abstract:
The Navy requires high power laser sources that can provide multi-Watt output power levels in the mid-infrared for optical countermeasures of anti-ship missiles. Current state of art laser transmitters, consisting of diode-pumped solid-state lasers andoptical parametric oscillators, have… More

Integrated Laser Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Chuck Miyake, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Significant cost reductions are needed in the cost of IRCM laser transmitters to improve their affordability and adoption. A COTS based laser electronics module that can be tightly integrated with a low cost mid-infrared laser will be developed andenvironmentally tested in the Phase I effort. In… More

Innovative Technology Development for Laser Radar (LADAR)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$119,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Anping Liu, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose to build a novel eyesafe fiber laser source capable of operating over the 20-100 kHz repetition rate range. Using a combination of COTS technology from the telecom industry and amplifier designs based upon recent developments at Naval ResearchLabs, the source will deliver 7-10 Watts… More

Innovative Technology Development for Laser Radar (LADAR)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$730,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Anping Liu, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Department of Defense (DOD) requires compact, high power, short pulse laser sources operating at eyesafe wavelengths for compact imaging laser radar systems. Conventional eye safe laser sources using diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) and opticalparametric oscillator (OPO) technologies have… More

Active Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Dave Shannon, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The purpose of this Phase I program is to demonstrate the feasibility of a compact, frequency tripled Nd:Y2O3 laser system to generate 305nm and 315nm for global tropospheric ozone sensing from space. Because Nd:Y2O3 can generate output on both the 915 nm transition and the 947 nm transition, the… More

Compact, High-Efficiency, Eye-Safe, Fiber Laser for LADAR Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,992.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Matthias Savage-Leuchs, Senior Scientist/Investig
Abstract:
We propose to build a novel eyesafe fiber laser source capable of operating over the 20-100 kHz repetition rate range. Using a combination of COTS technology from the telecom industry and amplifier designs based upon recent developments at Naval ResearchLabs, the source will deliver 7-10 Watts… More

Compact, High-Efficiency, Eye-Safe, Fiber Laser for LADAR Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Matthias Savage-Leuchs, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Navy requires high power laser sources for of eye-safe range-gated imaging LADARs. Conventional eye safe laser sources using diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) and optical parametric oscillator (OPO) technologies have difficulty to meet thepackaging requirements and to operate with… More

Hand-held, Standoff Chemical-Biological Hazard Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
SOCOM, other military branches, and civilian authorities (homeland defense) need ways to rapidly determine the presence of chemical and biological threats and classify their nature. Standoff detection of the threats would greatly enhance personnel safetyand allow more operational flexibility.We… More

High Energy Solid State Laser (SSL) for Ship Self-Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$600,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR will demonstrate the feasibility of applying spectral beam combining (SBC) to large mode area fibers to enable power scaling to the 100kW level while maintaining the excellent beam quality provided by a single fiber laser. The anticipated result of the Phase II and the Phase II… More

Compact, Short-Pulse Laser Source for Active Imaging Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,993.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
73137-Future active imaging systems for national security applications (for remote reconnaissance, monitoring and characterization of hard targets, and compact surveillance devices) require compact, rugged, and efficient short-pulse laser sources that can operate over a wide-repetition-rate range. … More

Diode-Pumped Neodymium-Yttria Laser for Ozone Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,986.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David C. Shannon, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The purpose of this program is to develop a compact and efficient ultraviolet laser system for ozone sensing from space. The basis for this system will be a diode-pumped neodymium-yttria (Nd:Y2O3) laser which is frequency-tripled to generate uv light at either 305nm or 315nm. The ability to generate… More

Space Qualified One Micron Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,995.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
We propose a Yb:S-FAP laser system that will provide over 1 J per pulse output at 100 Hz with excellent beam quality and high efficiency, in a package far more compact, and lighter weight than conventional laser systems. The proposed laser system uses design approaches compatible with… More

High Power Single Frequency Source for Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$300,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
NIST is using a sensitive optical technique called cavity ring-down detection to permit detection of impurities in semiconductor process gases, which cause substantial losses in manufacturing yield. In order to increase the sensitivity and range of application of this technique, improved single… More

Mid-IR Semiconductor Lasers for IRCM

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$2,149,992.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Optically pumped, high power, mid-Infrared semiconductor lasers that operate at cryogenic temperature must be engineered to operate over large ambient temperature and harsh vibration environments to be able to be used in future IRCM systems. The proposed work will demonstrate novel methods of… More

Compact, High Power Midwave Infrared Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,924.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Navy requires high power laser sources that can provide multi-Watt output power levels in the mid-infrared for optical countermeasures of anti-ship missiles. Current state-of-art laser transmitters, consisting of diode-pumped solid-state lasers and optical parametric oscillators, have… More

Optical Fibers for High-Power, Mid-Infrared Laser Diodes Emitting in the 2.0 Micron to 5.0 Micron Wavelength Range

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Chuck Miyake, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Currently, mid-infrared lasers must be integrated into highly restrictive volumes near the outer surfaces of air platforms. Fiber coupling of mid-infrared lasers would enhance the tactical utility for such devices by enabling the laser to be remotely located from the pointer-tracker. The proposed… More

Lightweight Laser Designator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Dave Shannon, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
This Phase I project proposes an improved laser designator module. This improved module combines diode-pumping with a unique ceramic laser medium and innovative thermal management to provide a system that is small, lightweight, and able to be fully-operational in less than 30 seconds. This design… More

Compact and efficient ultraviolet laser for astrobiology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David C. Gerstenberger, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The purpose of this program is to develop a compact and efficient ultraviolet laser for use in space-based uv-Raman instruments. The basis for this system will be a diode-pumped neodymium-yttria (Nd:Y2O3) ceramic laser which is frequency-quadrupled to generate uv light at 237nm. The unique… More

Efficient Ultraviolet Laser for Raman Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Ultraviolet Resonance Raman Spectroscopy is a powerful technique for detection, identification, and study of a number of chemical and biological species relevant to public health, such as carcinogens and biological warfare agents. The purpose of this SBIR… More

Extended Range Optical Underwater Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Steve Tidwell, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Navy needs a compact extended range underwater imaging system that can image through > 6 attenuation lengths with 0.25" resolution. Present systems are limited by scattering to ~ 5 attenuation lengths. To meet the need, we propose a compact, adaptive raster scanner, using a doubled Yb fiber… More

Space Qualifiable Laser Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The MDA and other elements of the Department of Defense (DoD) have multiple applications for high power laser sources, including deployment in space where power, size, weight and refueling logistics are issues. Applications include acquisition and identification of missiles or other threats,… More

Integrated Laser Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Chuck Miyake, VP of IRCM Business Devel
Abstract:
Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components may be used to reduce the cost of the laser electronics needed for mid-infrared lasers being developed for infrared countermeasures applications. The Phase II project will develop circuit designs for these laser electronics using COTS components and… More

Optical Fibers for High-power, Mid-infrared Laser Diodes Emitting in the 2.0 Micron to 5.0 Micron Wavelength Range

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$2,033,333.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Chuck Miyake, Vice President
Abstract:
Fiber coupled mid-infrared semiconductor lasers provide potential reduction in life cycle costs for tactical military systems compared to current lasers. The proposed work will investigate the stability of semiconductor lasers in military environments for reliable insertion into mid-infrared… More

Ultrasensitive Detection of Aerosol Precursors Including Ammonia

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,997.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
78830 The Department of Energy requires improved measurement techniques to quantify trace gas species in the atmosphere, in order to achieve further understanding of the formation of aerosols and their role in climate change. This project will combine a novel, ultra-sensitive, photo-acoustic… More

Fiber laser for advanced guidance research

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Matthias Savage-Leuchs, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The DoD requires new sources of eye safe, short pulse, laser radiation to enable the next generation laser radar (LADAR) seekers. Conventional eye safe laser sources using diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) and optical parametric oscillator (OPO) technologies have difficulties to meet the… More

Optical fiber coupled infrared laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dawn Meekhof, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Fiber coupled mid-infrared and infrared semiconductor lasers provide potential technology for proactive infrared countermeasures systems, potentially reducing life cycle costs for these tactical military systems compared to current lasers. Research will be conducted to explore the feasibility of… More

Wavelength Conversion of Pulsed Fiber Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers, 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… More

Solid State Laser Providing Efficient Conversion to the UV for Proliferation Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
78807 The remote detection of chemical signatures for nuclear proliferation, requires a pump laser capable of driving a tunable ultraviolet light source. The pump laser must be compact and efficient, and produce a very high quality beam. This project will build a pump laser with a relatively new… More

Fiber-Based Ultraviolet Laser System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$65,331.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
The purpose of this program is to develop a compact and efficient ultraviolet laser system for use in space-based uv-Raman instruments. The basis for this system will be a modulated diode seed laser followed by a fiber amplifier which is frequency-quadrupled to generate uv light at 245nm. The… More

Development of an optical brain/nerve stimulator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$202,284.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In a novel technological breakthrough in neural stimulation, our collaborators at Vanderbilt University have developed a new modality that uses low intensity pulsed infrared laser light instead of electrical energy to elicit compound nerve and muscle potentials.… More

Extended Range Optical Underwater Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,911.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Roy Mead, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight has teamed with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD to develop and demonstrate an underwater imager capable of imaging through 7 - 8 attenuation lengths. Such an optical underwater imager capable of imaging mines or other objects of interest is needed by the Navy to enable… More

Fiber laser for advanced guidance research

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$2,049,976.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Matthias Savage-Leuchs, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Three-dimensional laser radar (LADAR) systems have proven to be effective tools for real time 3D image generation enabling autonomous target detection and recognition. They have demonstrated high probability of detection and identification of unobstructed targets; however, the challenges of… More

Optical fiber coupled infrared laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dawn Meekhof, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Mid-infrared laser have been demonstrated to provide unique capabilities in infrared countermeasures systems. It is desired to increase the power output from optically pumped semiconductor lasers to address future system requirements. The proposed work will investigate beam combining technologies… More

UV Solid-State Laser for Proliferation Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Compact laser systems are needed to interrogate possible sites of nuclear proliferation that, for strategic or political reasons, cannot be sampled and inspected directly. This laser system would be used with a nonlinear optical wavelength converter for remote spectroscopic analysis of effluents… More

Long Wave Mid-Infrared Source for Trace Gas Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Tunable laser spectrometers are used by NASA for investigations of planetary atmospheric constituent gases. The availability of widely tunable long-wavelength (3 to 12?Ym) lasers operating at room temperature would allow such spectrometers to a wider range of gas species detection sensitivity… More

Eye-Safe, UV BackScatter Lidar for Detection of Sub-Visual Cirrus

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,992.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Improved measurements and understanding of cirrus clouds is essential for the accurate modeling of climate change and, in particular, for feedback effects that respond (positively or negatively) to greenhouse-gas global warming. Unfortunately, the reliable autonomous detection of sub-visual cirrus… More

Fiber Laser Beam Combining for High Efficiency and Light-Weight HEL Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Thomas H. Loftus, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight proposes a fiber beam combining approach that provides the efficiency, thermal management, power-independent beam quality and ruggedness of fiber lasers with a system architecture scaleable to 10 kW and beyond. The approach is scaleable to 100+kW for military directed energy applications… More

High Energy Laser (HEL) Beam Combination

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Anping Liu, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight proposes a new spectral beam combining (SBC) system to utilize higher power, broader linewidth, fiber lasers to meet the demanding requirements of high energy laser (HEL) applications. The system is scalable to up to 100 kW output with diffraction limited beam quality by spectrally… More

Novel Techniques to Combine Optical Radiation from Fiber Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
John Minelly, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight proposes a scalable approach to passive phasing of fiber laser arrays to meet the requirements of high power, high spatial brightness sources for high energy laser (HEL) applications. The system design is scalable to up to 100 kW output with high brightness. The proposed approach will… More

Shipboard Atmospheric Propagation Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight proposes to develop a compact, fieldable instrument which can make direct measurements of aerosol absorption at the wavelengths 1.04, 1.6 and 2.1 microns. The instrument will be capable of measurement of absorption levels as low as 10-9 cm-1. The device will be based upon the use of fiber… More

High Average Power-Green Laser for Synchronous Photoinjection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,998.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
A high-quantum-efficiency long-lifetime photocathode is a key component for the synchronous photoinjection of GaAs photoemission guns, used in modern particle accelerators. High-power pulsed-laser sources, with picosecond pulse durations at GHz repetition rates, are needed to provide enough power… More

Eyesafe Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Laser for Laser Ranging

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Fabio Di Teodoro, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose a novel approach, based on emerging photonic crystal fiber technology, to generate high peak and average power in multi-kHz repetition-rate pulses at eye-safe wavelengths. The proposed optical source is configured to be packaged in a compact and rugged fashion, exhibit low power… More

Man-portable Ultrafast Fiber Laser for Remote Sensing of Chemical, Biological, and Explosive Hazards

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Fabio Di Teodoro, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
An all-fiber-based femtosecond laser featuring a large-core Yb-doped photonic crystal fiber amplifier is proposed. The laser can generate pulse energies in excess of 0.1 mJ while retaining a compact, modular, rugged architecture amenable to rapid field deployment in… More

High resolution mapping of the Cochlear nerve using optical stimulation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$201,857.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Neural prosthetic devices are artificial extensions to the body that restore or supplement nervous system function that was lost during disease or injury. Particular success has been realized in the cochlear prostheses development. In contemporary cochlear… More

Development of an optical brain/nerve stimulator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,027,334.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Development of an optical brain/nerve stimulator Abstract In a novel technological breakthrough in neural stimulation, our collaborators at Vanderbilt University have developed a new modality that uses low intensity pulsed infrared laser light instead of… More

Blue-Green Laser for Undersea Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,850.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
John Minelly, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight proposes the development of a blue/green laser system for underwater communications. The laser comprises a hybrid system in which a directly modulated 1064nm semiconductor laser is amplified in a multistage Yb-doped fiber amplifier and subsequently frequency doubled in non-critically phase… More

High-power transportable fs fiber laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Fabio Di Teodoro, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose the development of a compact, portable, efficient, and rugged ultra-short pulse laser for high-peak-power generation based on innovative micro-structured fiber concepts. The source targets materials processing applications both in the military and industrial fields.

Fiber-based, high peak power mid-infrared source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,193.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Fabio Di Teodoro, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose the development of a transportable, highly flexible, fiber-based high-peak-power optical source capable of operating at mid-infrared wavelengths.

Autonomous, Real-time, 3D Change Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight Corporation, together with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC), proposes a novel system approach that uses a mature 3D imaging laser radar (LADAR) design and leverages existing 3D image processing algorithms to meet the needs for an autonomous, real-time, 3D change detection… More

Photonic Crystal Development for High Power Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,856.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Pratheepan Madasamy, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Phase I effort will show the feasibility of reaching 10+kW average power in Yb-doped, photonic waveguide amplifiers emitting near-diffraction-limited output beams. We will show that this innovative technology permits us to avoid nonlinearities and thermo-optical fracture, while producing near… More

Modulated Pulsed Laser Sources for Imaging Lidars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,977.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Roy Mead, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
A pulsed fiber laser capable of very rapid amplitude modulation is proposed. Producing more than 5 W output at 532 nm, the system incorporates a very fast fiber-coupled electro-optic modulator, capable of reproducing waveforms up to the 10 GHz range. When used in a hybrid lidar-radar system, the… More

Standoff Explosives Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,224.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Roy Mead, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Aculight Corporation and ITT have teamed to develop a brassboard Raman sensor technology providing a clear path to a fully integrated sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of explosives at 30+ meters. Because of the maturity of the Aculight pulsed fiber laser technology and the ITT family of… More

High-power transportable fs fiber laser

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Fabio Di Teodoro, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose the development of a multi-function, high-peak-power all-fiber-based laser source capable of operation in a wide range of pulse formats and designed for deployment in harsh environments.

Wavelength Conversion of Pulsed Fiber Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,049,603.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Fabio Teodoro, 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… More

Eyesafe Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Laser for Laser Ranging

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Fabio Di Teodoro, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose the development of a high-peak-power pulse fiber laser operating at eye-safe wavelength to be used as transmitter in laser radar (LIDAR) applications. The laser will support long range and high range resolution and will be designed for fast transition to actual field deployment.

Fiber Laser Beam Combining for High Efficiency and Light-Weight HEL Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Loftus, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
High Energy Lasers (HELs) are required for a variety of military directed energy applications including area protection against rockets, artillery, and mortars (RAM). A typical laser enabling these applications should provide at least 10 to 100 kW of output power with excellent beam quality.… More

1 kW Fiber Lasers and Alignment Free SBC

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$1,999,731.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Loftus, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Spectral Beam Combination (SBC) has been proven as a scalable beam combining approach for high power fiber lasers. Demonstrations at Aculight have shown 522 Watts of near diffraction limited power from three combined fiber laser sources; and the dispersive element, a Multi-Layer-Dielectric (MLD)… More

Optimizing remote capture of biometrics for screening processes

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,909.00
Agency:
DHS
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers, Director of Research – (425) 482-1100
Abstract:
Aculight, teamed with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC), will deliver a system for remote capture of biometrics for screening processes in the Phase II of this proposed work. This system will have a range in excess of 100 meters, if needed, and supply facial depth resolution of < 2… More

High Energy Laser (HEL) Beam Combination

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Thomas H. Loftus, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Electrically driven High Energy Lasers (HELs) can perform target detection and illumination, missile defense, aircraft and area self-protection, and missions requiring precision engagement and/or graduated force/lethality. These lasers must provide at least 10 to 100 kW of output power with… More

100 Watt Laser Synchronous Photoinjection

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Electron accelerators are used to expand our knowledge of nuclear physics and basic materials science; for high performance synchrotron radiation sources used in physics, chemistry, and semiconductor development; and in specialized radiation sources at the forefront of medicine. To achieve the best… More

High resolution mapping of the cochlear nerve using optical stimulation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$782,363.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Neural prosthetic devices are artificial extensions to the body that restore or supplement nervous system function that was lost during disease or injury. Particular success has been realized in the cochlear prostheses development. In contemporary cochlear… More

All-Fiber Components for Micro-Structured Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,704.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
John Minelly, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose new concepts for developing components for high performance space based Lidar systems. While it is generally recognized that photonic crystal fiber technology can extend the performance range of fiber laser based sources these fibers are considered by many to be incompatible with… More

Fiber-based, high-energy, ultra-short pulse eye-safe source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,984.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Deborah Alterman, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Tactical laser sources delivering high-peak-power (from multi-MW to TW) in agile optical pulse trains at high pulse repetition frequency (PRF) in the eye-safe wavelength region are of interest for several military applications including proactive infrared countermeasures (PIRCM), non-lethal… More

High Power IR/UV Laser for Accelerator Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,855.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Electron accelerators allow researchers to advance energy and luminosity frontiers and expand our knowledge of nuclear physics and basic materials science. To achieve the best performance, specialized lasers are used to produce electrons for these accelerators. The lasers not only must be precise… More

Fiber-based, high peak power mid-infrared source

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,952.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Mark S. Bowers, Director of Research
Abstract:
Tactical laser sources delivering high peak power (from multi-MW to TW) in agile optical pulse trains at high pulse repetition frequency (PRF) in the 3.5-4 m wavelength region are of interest for several military applications including proactive infrared countermeasures (PIRCM), non-lethal… More

Optical nerve stimulation for a vestibular prosthesis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$147,150.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Vestibular disorders represent a debilitating medical problem by causing balance and vision impairments that adversely affects the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. The restoration of vestibular function by d irect stimulation of the vestibular nerve,… More

IMPROVED DIAGNOSTIC INFRARED NERVE STIMULATOR FOR ENT NERVE MONITORING

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$127,294.00
Agency:
HHS
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Iatrogenic nerve damage is one of the most adverse sequalae of tumor resection surgery in all parts of the body. Many neuromonitoring techniques have been developed to lower the incidence of damage, most notably electr ostimulation. However, the clinical… More

Improved Efficiency Fiber Laser Modules for Beam Combining

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,989.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
Shawn Redmond, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
SBC of high-power fiber lasers uniquely links an efficient, versatile, and robust power scaling architecture to individual emitters with outstanding efficiency, diffraction-limited beam quality, and distributed thermal loading. Fiber SBC, thus provides an exceptionally promising pathway to scalable,… More