High Performance Compact Medium-Power Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) Laser System for Shipboard Deployment
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-054
Topic Title: High Performance Compact Medium-Power Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) Laser System for Shipboard Deployment
Proposal No.: N181-054-0213
Firm: Forward Photonics LLC
500 West Cummings Park
Suite 1900
Woburn, Massachusetts 1801
Contact: Robin Huang
Phone: (978) 224-5488
Web Site: http://www.forwardphotonics.com
Abstract: Recent progress has been made in the development of medium-power quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) for use in airborne countermeasures, particularly in the adoption of Daylight Solutionsâ?T Solaris Laser in the Armyâ?Ts Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program and Forward Photonicsâ?T high brightness 25 W laser. These developments to date have been targeted in the mid-wave infrared (MWIR), however with ever increasing threat sophistication there is a real need to expand the wavelength regime of these countermeasures to more diverse wavelengths, in particular the long-wave infrared (LWIR). Forward Photonics has had remarkable success using its proprietary wavelength beam combination (WBC) technology in the mid-infrared regime (4 â?" 5 AŠm) with QCLs. Forward Photonicsâ?T mid-wave infrared (MWIR) laser capable of producing > 25 W in CW operation by using WBC to combine the outputs of individual high power QCLs. Forward Photonics is proposing a technical approach to construct a 100 W LWIR system based on WBC of high power QCLs.
Benefits: Lasers designed by Forward Photonics contain these key advantages over existing solid state lasers: â?Ť Robust, compact, efficient all-semiconductor based laser solutions â?Ť Semiconductor based lasers with single aperture output and high power (>1 kW) and high beam quality â?Ť Very low size, weight, and power (SWaP) â?Ť Inherently efficient diode-based approach, requiring minimal cooling, reducing system size and ruggedness.

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