Reliable, Intense, Ultrafast and Compact Guided-Wave Laser for Cloud Penetration, Remote Sensing, and Active Imaging
Final rept. 5 Oct 1999-3 Oct 2000 on Phase 1
CLARK-MXR INC DEXTER MI
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The goal of this program is to develop reliable, ultrafast, high peak-power lasers. These lasers will be used in the military for cloud penetration, reconnaissance, remote sensing, and active illumination in the microelectronic industry for repair of photomasks and for memory yield improvement in the automotive industry for sensors and fuel injector machining and in the aerospace industry for turbine blade machining. We met all of our Phase I objectives. We built a fiber based front-end delivering peak power in excess of 10 MW. We demonstrated the direct write of large core waveguides. We fabricated active waveguides by direct write. We demonstrated a new non-linear Raman-Soliton compression technique. Combining these various results, we are confident that we will be able to deliver fiber lasers capable of delivering peak power in the gigawatt and ultimately the terawatt range.
- Lasers and Masers
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics