Princeton Optronics gets Navy contract to develop powerful blue VCSEL arrays

June 3, 2009
Princeton Optronics (Trenton, NJ), which develops some very interesting high-power vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), as well as low-noise solid-state lasers, has received a $750K two-year-duration Navy Phase II SBIR contract for developing blue-laser arrays that consist of frequency doubled high-power VCSEL arrays.

Princeton Optronics (Trenton, NJ), which develops some very interesting high-power vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), as well as low-noise solid-state lasers, has received a $750K two-year-duration Navy Phase II SBIR contract for developing blue-laser arrays that consist of frequency doubled high-power VCSEL arrays.

The objective of the program is to develop high-energy pulsed blue lasers with energies of greater than10 mJ per pulse for Navy light detection and ranging (LIDAR) applications. The phase II contract follows a successful completion of a phase I SBIR contract received last year.

Blue-emitting VCSEL arrays

Princeton Optronics has taken its near-IR-emitting VCSEL technology and frequency-doubled the radiation, including a nonlinear material (periodically poled lithium niobate) in the device's structure. The laser's output is single-mode, blue (480 nm), monochromatic, and has a half-angle divergence of only 8 mrad.

The lasers are constructed in 2-D arrays that presently can emit up to 230 W of optical power from a 4.7-mm-diameter area. Single lasers emit up to 30 mW with an 8% wall-plug efficiency.

For details on the blue-VCSEL technology and Princeton Optronics, see http://www.princetonoptronics.com.

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John Wallace was with Laser Focus World for nearly 25 years, retiring in late June 2022. He obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and physics at Rutgers University and a master's in optical engineering at the University of Rochester. Before becoming an editor, John worked as an engineer at RCA, Exxon, Eastman Kodak, and GCA Corporation.

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