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Space-Qualified 1064 nm Seed and Metrology Laser

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA 20171-4603
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Space-Qualified 1064 nm Seed and Metrology Laser
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL04AB39P
Award Amount: $69,997.00


A space-qualified, single-frequency oscillator operating at 1064 nm is a critical component for a number of active optical measurement systems that have been proposed for both ground and space-based NASA missions. These include metrology for space-based interferometers, direct detection wind lidar systems, atmospheric aerosol measurement systems, and differential absorption lidar (DIAL) systems for ozone measurement. These applications all require a frequency-stabilized cw 1064 nm oscillator with an output power in the 10-100 mW range. We propose to design and build a space-qualified version of the required laser oscillator. We will base our design on a diode-pumped microchip laser. It will incorporate both active temperature control and locking to a narrow molecular absorption to provide a high level of frequency stabilization. Redundant diode pumps, thermally and mechanically robust packing, and a careful choice of materials to minimize contamination effects will ensure the design will be space qualifiable. Our Phase I work will demonstrate that the key technology goals can be met in a space qualifiable design. In Phase II we will accomplish the detailed design, assembly, and qualification of a space-qualified single frequency laser that meets the required performance goals.

Principal Investigator:

Floyd E. Hovis
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Jim Phillips
Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Fibertek Inc.
510 Herndon Pkwy Herndon, VA 20170

EIN/Tax ID: 541255705
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No