MATERIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH CONSORTIUM
The thrust area for the company has been to improve the medium / refractory material for the laser applications, and heat treatment applications (steel mills).
Specializing in burner blocks for rotary hearth, forge, and annealing furnaces with operating temps of 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Burner blocks on the market today
are marginal and offer no protection to the furnace during the ramping up and down processes. Furnace surveys have shown areas of poor performance due to a
collapsed burner block or improper flame spread. This problem migrates not only to the finished product, but accelerates abnormal wear on the furnace steel
structures; leading to product failure and compromising the furnace integrity.
The company is also researches the development of transparent ceramics for the aerospace, automotive and defense (solid state lasers) industries. The only
global outfit currently able to produce the transparent ceramic material is a Japanese firm. US national laboratories have made strides in developing the process but
have not reached the same characteristics.
Prototype / Experiment for laser Application CLA-00-009
The development of this novel material is critical for the continued development and research of Clayton Industries - modified Master Oscillator Power Amplifier
Laser Circuit. The solid state laser for this project will be configured with the master oscillator and power amplifier structure (MOPA). This architecture isolates the
generation of light, and the amplification of the light to the desired power levels; allowing end user to manipulate each parameter per application (beam quality, spectral
width, temporal format, and stability).
This MOPA architecture ensures that the oscillator and amplifier operate in the same wavelength. System efficiently is not entirely based on the master oscillator the
power amplifier will compensate for low energies in the master oscillator. Power amplifier will need a much higher input energy source to step up the beam. The power
amplifier will be revamped with a birefringence compensation scheme to ensure beam quality. Pre-amplifiers will be instituted to condition beam (near diffraction limited
beam quality) before power amplifier. The preamp will increase energy while ensuring beam quality is not distorted.