IRflex Corporation Awarded SBIR Phase I Option for Mid-Wave Infrared Polarization-Maintaining Single Mode Fiber

March 31, 2020, Danville, VA – IRflex Corporation Awarded NAVAL AIR SBIR Phase I Option Contract for Mid-Wave Infrared Polarization-Maintaining Single Mode Fiber

IRflex Corporation, has been awarded a United States NAVAL AIR Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) OPTION Contract entitled, “Mid-Wave Infrared Polarization-Maintaining Single Mode Fiber”.  The award is continuing work on the previous awarded Phase I contract with the same title. The objective is to develop single mode polarization-maintaining fiber (PM-fiber) that covers the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) wavelengths from 2µm – 6µm for applications that require a high polarization extinction ratio at the fiber output and is able to waveguide tens of watts of optical power through the fiber.

Phase I:  Determine the feasibility of an initial design of a PM-fiber approach best suited for the MWIR spectral region.  Evaluate the performance of the PM-fiber design by determining if wave guidance is achieved in the spectral window of 2µm to 6µm, the magnitude of the birefringence, and the attenuation loss is less than 0.2dB/m.  Demonstrate fabrication proof of concept and identify the steps and approach needed to fabricate the fiber design.  IRflex is committed to serving the market need to continuing the Phase I option contract with effort include prototype plans to be developed under Phase II.

This Phase I option contract will start on March 31, 2020 and finish in October 2020. IRflex Corporation is confident to carry the contract into Phase II.