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Fast, Narrow Linewidth Near Infrared (NIR) / Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) Scanner

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-012
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
RAM Photonics
4901 Morena Blvd. Suite 128 San Diego, CA 92117-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Fast, Narrow Linewidth Near Infrared (NIR) / Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) Scanner
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20057
Award Amount: $98,973.00


Rapid tuning of narrowband sources is inherently limited by the number of roundtrips required in the high-Q cavity, which is required for generation of a narrow lasing linewidth. We propose to break the cavity tuning/linewidth barrier presented by conventional reconfiguration of the physical cavity itself. In our proposed configuration, the linewidth, scanning speed, and tuning range are decoupled in a practical and realizable design using technology block similar to those that have been previously demonstrated. In this program, we will perform in-depth computational modeling, based on proven theoretical frameworks, that will be quantitatively validated and benchmarked by experiments in a state-of-the-art research facility. Successful completion of this program will result in calculation of the ultimate performance limitations of the proposed design, derivation of the engineering rules governing practical NIR/SWIR operation, and a baseline design for a Phase II program.

Principal Investigator:

Igor Djokovic
Research Engineer

Business Contact:

John Marciante
Managing Member
Small Business Information at Submission:

RAM Photonics
13689 Winstanley Way San Diego, CA 92130

EIN/Tax ID: 270686698
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No