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STTR Phase I: Spectrally Diverse Ultrafast Lasers

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National Science Foundation
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Bridger Photonics, Inc
2310 University Way, Bldg 4-4 Bozeman, MT 59715-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: STTR Phase I: Spectrally Diverse Ultrafast Lasers
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0740705
Award Amount: $150,000.00


This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I research project addresses the need for high-power ultrafast lasers from the visible to the mid-wave infrared spectral regions. This research will develop a highly innovative ultrafast laser system emitting sub-picosecond pulses that is based on unexplored coupling between stimulated Raman scattering, stimulated Brillouin scattering, and four-wave mixing. Because none of these processes requires resonance with a single-photon transition, the technique will lead to ultrashort pulse generation at virtually any wavelength. Furthermore, the wavelength flexibility enables pumping with mature, extremely high power diode and fiber laser sources. Unique features of the gain medium will enable scaling of this system to the kilowatt average power level. There is commercial potential for a high-power ultrafast laser system with such spectral accessibility. For instance, this source can be used to avoid or target atmospheric and/or material absorptions in the mid-wave infrared. It could therefore lead for example to greatly improved free-space ground-to-satellite communications systems, efficient laser machining /welding, active hyperspectral imaging, and ultrafast materials research.

Principal Investigator:

Peter A. Roos

Business Contact:

Peter A. Roos
Small Business Information at Submission:

Bridger Photonics, INC
112 E. Lincoln Bozeman, MT 59715

EIN/Tax ID: 205926537
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Montana State University
304 Montana Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717 2470
Contact: Randall Babbitt
Contact Phone: (303) 818-1653
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university