SBIR-STTR Award

Multiple Rectangular Discharge CO2 Laser
Profile last edited on: 11/27/02

Program
SBIR
Agency
MDA
Total Award Amount
$1,309,980
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
Peter P Chenausky
Activity Indicator

Company Information

Q Source Inc

91 Prestige Park Circle
East Hartford, CT 06108
   (860) 291-0120
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Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   01
County:   Hartford

Phase I

Phase I year
1996
Phase I Amount
$60,000
An innovative discharge geometry for a very compact, area cooled, high average power CO2 laser employing a two mirror, waveguide-stable optical cavity is proposed. The specific Phase I result sought is the generation of an average CO2 output power of 1 W/cm2 of wall cooling area in a geometry that has a total cooling area of 140 cm2. A lightweight CO2 amplifier version of a future Phase II device could be used directly in BMDO s EAGLE sensor program. QSource believes this concept could be scalable to sealed-off output power levels near 10 kW if outputs as high as 1.5 W/cm2 are achieved with the proposed innovation. Since the basic discharge geometry exploits low frequency transverse RF excitation and uses few intravacuum parts, a cost advantage not achievable with conventional area cooled slab devices is possible. QSource is in contact with several companies interested in using the basic concept in their future medical or industrial C02 laser products, and at this time, total Phase III private sector support for use of this concept in the range of 1 $M is possible.

Phase II

Phase II year
1997 (last award dollars: 1997)
Phase II Amount
$1,249,980
The Phase I BMDO/IST SBIR proposed generating high specific C02 laser outputs from a device using QSource's Multiple Rectangular Discharge Technology. Based on Phase I performance levels that included a specific output of .8 W/cm2, cw outputs of 60 W, 500 Hz PRF output energies of 75 mJ/pulse with 300 usec excitation pulsewidths, cw operation at >200 Torr and discharge efficiencies of >18% using 27.12 MHz excitation, QSource's Phase III partner is very interested in using the MRDT in a line of commercial products and supporting further development of the MRDT. The Phase III commercial interest and support prompts this first Fast Track Phase II SBIR Proposal.