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Development of Efficient, Diode-Pumped 3-5 Micron Oscillators for Remote Sensing

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
32389
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
32389
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027 0302
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Development of Efficient, Diode-Pumped 3-5 Micron Oscillators for Remote Sensing
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $749,255.00
 

Abstract:

Spectrally and spatially coherent, high pulse energy, tunable mid-IR sources remain elusive. Solid-State and semiconductor lasers do not operate over the 1.5 to 5 micron wavelength range, leaving laser-pumped frequency converters, such as Optical Parametric Oscillators (OPOs), as the most viable technology. Achieving high conversion efficiency and continuous tunability in rugged OPOs has presented significant design challenges until a recent breakthrough occurred in nonlinear optics-the so-called Quasi-Phase-Matched (QPM) crystals. QPM-based OPOs overcome these and other disadvantages of conventional OPOs as well as provide new approaches to power-scaling. Coherent Technologies, Inc. (CTI) is developing OPOs with a variety of new QPM crystals, including niobates, arsenates and GaAs. We present new power-scaleable Benefits: Sensing pollution and chemical warfare agents. 2) Detection clandestine drug production. 3) Monitor hazardous waste and munitions disposal. 4) Tracking naturally occurring gas emitters: methane seeps and volcanoes. 5) Multispectral imaging and particle-sizing lidars 6) Stand-off assessment of explosion hazards such as fuel leaks.l

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Duane D. Smith
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Coherent Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 7488 Boulder, CO 80306

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No