High Resolution Imaging and Material Composition Analysis Facility for High Power Fiber Lasers
Technical Report,15 Aug 2015,14 Aug 2016
University of Central Florida Orlando United States
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With this DURIP, we will establish a world-class research facility in advanced optical fiber characterization for high power fiber lasers. This unique capability will open up opportunities for us to assert leadership in the important strategic area of defense fiber laser technology. The development of ultra large mode area fibers suitable for high power lasers is an outstanding challenge, requiring improvements in structural and material composition characterization during preform and fiber manufacturing. The proposed tabletop SEM-EDS is a vital diagnostic instrument for real time analysis during fiber production. It will allow us to deterministically make improvements to our fiber development by fine-tuning of the many process parameters in real-time during fiber draw. Both the yield of the fiber manufacturing process and fiber performance will be greatly enhanced by this on-site characterization method. Provision of this instrument will put us on a par with European laboratories and will allow us to exploit the full potential of large mode areap photonic crystal fibers PCFs for the development of the next-generation of high average power and high peak power fiber lasers and fiber amplifier systems.
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
- Lasers and Masers