Two-Dimensional Surface Emitting Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) Quantum Cascade Laser Arrays for High-Power Applications
Navy SBIR 2018.1 - Topic N181-016
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 8, 2018 - Closes: February 7, 2018 (8:00 PM ET)
TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Air
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA 272
Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems
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OBJECTIVE: Develop a modular
approach based on two-dimensional quantum cascade laser arrays to scale the
average power level of MWIR laser sources beyond 200 Watts, while allowing beam
combining to maximize brightness.
military applications that include infrared (IR) countermeasures and scene
illumination can benefit from high-power laser sources operating in the MWIR
and the long-wave infrared (LWIR). Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology
offers a path for a high-power, cost-effective and low-space, weight, and power
(SWaP) solution. Recent progress led to the demonstration of single QCL
emitters reaching multi-Watts output power in continuous wave (CW) while
maintaining wall-plug efficiency exceeding 15%. Scaling the power level to
tens of Watts and beyond is currently being explored using approaches based on
linear QCL arrays and various beam combining schemes.
PHASE I: Design and
demonstrate feasibility of an innovative concept based on two-dimensional,
vertical-emitting QCL arrays for scaling the output power of MWIR laser source
beyond 200 Watts in CW or QCW mode. The proposed approach needs to include the
modeling of (1) beam combining optics maximizing the brightness of the laser
source while maintaining an output beam as close as possible to the diffraction
limit and (2) a detailed thermal management solution requiring no use of water
cooling. The Phase I effort will include the development of prototype plans
for Phase II.
PHASE II: Fabricate and test
a prototype based on the design and simulation results developed during Phase
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Fully develop and transition the high-power, two-dimensional
arrays for DoD applications in the areas of directional infrared countermeasure
(DIRCM), advanced chemicals sensors, and light detection and ranging (LIDAR).
The DoD has a need for advanced, compact, robust two-dimensional MWIR QCL array
of which the output power can readily scaled via beam combining for current-
and future-generation DIRCMs, LIDARs, and chemicals/explosives sensing. The
commercial sector can also benefit from the crucial, game changing technology
development in the areas of detection of toxic gases, environmental monitoring,
and non-invasive health monitoring and sensing.
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KEYWORDS: Laser Array; QCL;
Quantum Cascade Laser; Mid-Infrared; Beam Combining; Aircraft Protection