AIR FORCE RFP for Center of Excellence (CoE) in Guided-Wave Infrared Sources


TITLE:   Center of Excellence (CoE) in Guided-Wave Infrared Sources
FOA-RQKS-2013-02 URL:   go to full announcement

DUE:  07 December 2012

AWARD:    3 awards totaling $4.2M

SCOPE:   As part of the AFRL/RY (=Sensors Directorate) effort to advance infrared laser technology, this CoE will focus on developing the fundamental science of laser materials and devices required for infrared guided-wave generation, propagation and modulation.  The CoE will:

a) inform and engage the broader academic community on guided-wave infrared source development,
b) selectively leverage (and potentially integrate) advanced academic waveguide, semiconductor, and fiber fabrication capabilities,
c) leverage and extend in-house capability within AFRL/RY,
d) complement developmental AFRL/RY activities with fundamental efforts, and
e) provide a technical and human (via education of U.S. students) foundation for the Air Force to grow this vital technical area.

Research Concentration Areas:   The following are examples of technology areas of interest but, other guided-wave mid-infrared technology would be open for consideration.

  • IR fiber and ceramic lasers such as transition-metal-doped II-VI materials with broadband tunability and reduced thermal loads
  • IR semiconductor lasers (e.g. quantum cascade lasers) including single devices and coherent arrays
  • IR nonlinear frequency conversion devices and waveguides such as orientation patterned GaAs for tunable frequency conversion
  • Techniques for wavelength tuning, thermal management, beam coupling, and transport
  • Switches, isolators, modulators, and other components necessary for, or compatible with, an all-optically-confined system


Mr. William D. Mitchell, 937-528-8660, email:  [email protected]

Innovation Fast Track

EXCLUSIVE TO CENTER MEMBERS: Log in to explore your Innovation Fast Track, an online portal that gives you one-stop access to center researchers, funding opportunities, exclusive events and more.

Learn More
Student Central

Students, get connected with Industry Partners, find out about research and volunteer opportunities within ALERT, or get advice on how to best showcase your work at Student Central.

Learn More
The Partnership

ALERT is led by Northeastern University (NEU) and includes three key academic strategic partners: Boston University, Purdue University, and University of Rhode Island (URI).

Learn More