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Tunable, Narrow Linewidth Laser for HF/DF Laser Metrology

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
52235
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
011NM-1884
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Tunable, Narrow Linewidth Laser for HF/DF Laser Metrology
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F29601-01-C-0098
Award Amount: $91,503.00
 

Abstract:

Development of advanced Hydrogen Fluoride/Deuterium Fluoride (HF/DF) laser technology can be hampered by delayed knowledge of laser component performance. HF mirror optical performance metrology is currently costly and time consuming, requiring lasercomponent delivery to an HF laser site, and operation of another HF laser to reach relevant wavelengths. Coherent Technologies, Inc (CTI) proposes a portable, turn-key solid state laser source providing over 1W narrow linewidth output, tunable to major HFlaser lines (2.64 - 2.91 mm). A direct laser source is chosen instead of a nonlinear optical device because of the superior intensity stability and output power available - desirable in a metrology system. The proposed system could be transported tocoating vendors for immediate diagnostic testing of mirror absorption and scattering at a range of HF laser lines. This will enhance the efficiency of the manufacturing process. Other possible applications include HF laser alignment and spatiallyresolved gain probing/imaging for decisive optimization of HF/DF laser performance. Phase I will consist of constructing a tunable, single-frequency laser, characterizing a HF/DF mirror sample, and designing a prototype brassboard HF mirror metrologysystem. The proposed work builds upon CTI's established background in tunable mid-IR laser sources and ruggedized single-frequency laser systems.A compact solid state tunable narrow linewidth source in the 2-3 mm wavelength region will accelerate HF/DFlaser component metrology and alignment. Commercial applications include remote sensing, medical instrumentation, and as a pump source for mid-infrared nonlinear devices.

Principal Investigator:

AnnMarie Oien
Research Scientist
3036042000
amarie@ctilidar.com

Business Contact:

Sammy Henderson
Ex. V.P. & C.T.O.
3036042000
sammy@ctilidar.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
655 Aspen Ridge Drive Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 840953476
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No