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Frequency-Agile Laser for Low Earth Orbit Satellite Velocity Compensation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67386
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-001-0621
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: 2004
Title: Frequency-Agile Laser for Low Earth Orbit Satellite Velocity Compensation
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-04-M-0070
Award Amount: $99,984.00
 

Abstract:

Frequency-agile lasers with ultra-narrow linewidth are required for several coherent laser applications, including correction for Doppler frequency shifts between satellite platforms in low earth orbit. Coherent Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop a compact near-monolithic laser operating at 1.064 microns, tunable over its full range of 60GHz in 1ms. This tuning range allows correction for all possible relative velocities between platforms operating in low earth orbit. The tuning mechanism is a combination of electro-optic intracavity phase modulation and electro-optic tuning of a mode-selecting etalon, providing settling times that are commensurate with the 1ms tuning period. Power scaling from a previously demonstrated single frequency power value of 50mW to >100mW will be evaluated. The tunable laser developed on Phase II will be packaged in the form of CTI's standard METEORr product, with dimensions of approximately 3.5" long X 2.3" wide X 1.5" tall. This program leverages off CTI's previous work in frequency offset-locking of single frequency lasers for space-based platform compensation and laser frequency stabilization to ultra-stable reference cavities for long-range micro-Doppler measurements. The Phase I program will include a preliminary tuning demonstration of the frequency-agile laser and characterization of etalon requirements for power-scaling single frequency operation.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Phillips
Senior Research Scientist
3036042000
Mark.Phillips@ctilidar.com

Business Contact:

Tim Carrig
Director Research & Development
3036042000
Tim.Carrig@ctilidar.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue Louisville, CO 80027

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