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Company Information:

Company Name: KAPTEYN-MURNANE LABORATORIES, INC.
City: Boulder
State: CO
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (303) 544-9068

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,418,081.00 13
SBIR Phase II $3,598,294.00 5
STTR Phase I $369,799.00 4
STTR Phase II $1,497,507.00 2

Award List:

Induced Local EMP and Secondary THz Radiation in Sensor Window Materials from Intense Femtosecond Pulses at Long Range

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kendall L. Read, Director of Operations
Award Amount: $97,152.00
Abstract:
"This project seeks to study the potential use of high-frequency RF pulses generated by an ultrashort-pulse laser-produced plasma, as a means of disrupting the sensors of an aircraft or missile. Femtosecond laser plasmas can propagate over extendeddistances at very high intensity in the form of… More

SBIR/STTR Phase I: A simple and practical solid-state 157 nm coherent light source for applications in lithography development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus
Award Amount: $99,583.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to study the feasibility of a simple and practical narrow-bandwidth vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)laser light source,tunable around 157 nm.This work will combine recent advances in laser technology and nonlinear- optical techniques… More

Development of UltrastableTi:sapphire Lasers for Optical Clock and Spectroscopy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Kendell Laine Read
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 project proposes to develop a femtosecond laser system optimized for optical clocks and other precision metrology applications. In principle, atomic optical transitions have the potential to provide radically higher-accuracy timekeeping, because of the… More

SBIR Phase II: A Simple and Practical Solid-State 157nm and 193nm Coherent Light Source for Applications in Lithography Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, PI
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II project will develop a new generation of fully-coherent, solid-state, vacuum-Ultraviolet (UV) light sources at 157nm and 193nm, to support the next generation of semiconductor fabrication and metrology, as well as for applications in basic research. Currently available UV excimer… More

Laser Systems Development for the SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source Photoinjector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
76244-New-generation accelerators such as the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC will require new, high-performance laser-driven photoinjectors. This will require a substantial advance in the state-of-the-art for ultrafast laser technology, in order to obtain the required pulse energy, shape and… More

Laser Systems Development for the International Linear Collider (ILC) Photoinjector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Hsiao H. Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The International Linear Collider is proposed to be a 40 km-long electron accelerator that will make it possible to explore the high-energy frontier in particle physics. At the front-end of this accelerator, the electron source is intended to be a laser-driven photocathode; however, an important… More

Development of Novel Technologies for Rugged and Transportable High Power Ultrashort Pulse Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $99,777.00
Abstract:
Compact, high average power, laser systems based on Yb-doped crystalline materials will be developed for military and industrial applications. Novel approaches that combine the use of compact diffractive/dispersive optics, cryogenic cooling, and direct diode pumping, will be utilized. This research… More

Development of New Mid-Infrared Ultrafast Laser Sources for Compact Coherent X-ray Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Hsiao-Hua Liu, Dr
Award Amount: $99,770.00
Abstract:
Bright, coherent light sources in the soft x-ray region of the spectrum are useful for a variety of applications of interest to DoE. However, for many applications, such as nanometer-scale microscopy in the ¿water window¿ region of the soft x-ray region of the spectrum (300-500 eV photon energy),… More

Laser Systems Development for the International Linear Collider (ILC) Photoinjector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Hsiao H. Liu, Dr
Award Amount: $654,004.00
Abstract:
The International Linear Collider is a proposed 40 km-long electron accelerator that will enable the exploration of the high-energy frontier in particle physics. The electron source for the ILC is a laser-driven photocathode, and the primary unproven part of this technology is the development of a… More

Development of New Mid-Infrared Ultrafast Laser Sources for Compact Coherent X-ray Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Hsiao-Hua Liu, Dr
Award Amount: $748,596.00
Abstract:
Bright coherent light sources in the soft x-ray region of the spectrum are useful for a variety of applications of interest to the DOE. However for many applications, such as nanometer-scale microscopy in the ¿water window¿ region of the soft x-ray spectrum (300-500 eV), only large-scale… More

Convert 1um Ultrafast Fiber Laser to 2um, and Pulses Less than 100Fs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, Dr
Award Amount: $99,903.00
RI Contact: Ralph Brown
Abstract:
Ultrafast mid-IR sources are necessary for seeding the E-SASE FELs (enhanced self-amplified spontaneous emission free electron lasers) used at DOE facilities. These sources need to have ~mJ energies and very high (100 kHz) repetition rates at ~ 2-2.2 µm wavelength. While commercially available… More

SBIR Phase I: EUV Source for Semiconductor Metrology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, PhD
Award Amount: $99,518.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to develop a coherent extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source for industrial application in support of EUV lithography. The Broad impact of this project represents an area of fundamental interest to optical science. The High Harmonic… More

Massively Parallel Micromachining with Ultrafast Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, VP of Research and Development
Award Amount: $99,945.00
RI Contact: Sharon L. Dehmlow
Abstract:
Having recently built a 32-beam micromachining workstation, a systematic investigation that rigorously quantifies the multifocal, micromachining approach will be performed. While the manufacturing throughput gains of a multifocal approach are obvious, the method needs to be thoroughly characterized… More

Ultrafast Laser System for Drilling and Inspecting Straight and Shaped Cooling Holes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $99,399.00
Abstract:
Machining cooling holes in turbine fan blades is non-trivial. Blades and vanes are made from superalloys and coated with thermal barrier coatings (TBC) to survive extreme temperatures after the combustion section of a jet engine. Classical methods such as EDM or nanosecond laser micromachining have… More

Cryogenically-Cooled High Average Power Picosecond Ytterbium Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Hsiao-hua Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,506.00
Abstract:
The electron source at the front end of modern accelerators, also know as an electron ¿gun,¿ is a laser-driven photocathode. This technology requires the development of a laser with the required pulse characteristics and average power. This project will develop a compact and robust laser system… More

High Efficiency Gain Media for Eye-Safer 1.55 m Ultrafast Fiber Amplifiers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Principal Investigator: Daisy Raymondson, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,987.00
RI Contact: Michele Land
Abstract:
We propose to design a high average power Er:Fiber ultrafast laser system which is pumped at 14xxnm, and at the same time solve other problems related to ultrashort pulses in fiber lasers. The advantage of using 14xxnm pumping is the reduction of the standard quantum defect from 37% to 5%, thus… More

Massively Parallel Micromachining with Ultrafast Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, VP of R&D
Award Amount: $747,507.00
RI Contact: Michele Land
Abstract:
We are proposing to develop a highly parallel, rapid prototyping system for the manufacture of microfluidic devices. In this phase II proposal we will build a complete system for making such devices for continued research on fieldable microfluidic systems for use in the military, and in hospitals. … More

Recovery Act - Development of a Fiber Based Source of High Average Power Ultrafast Pulses at 2.0 Microns

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Principal Investigator: Daisy Raymondson, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Ralph Brown
Abstract:
Bright coherent light sources in the soft x-ray region of the spectrum are useful for a variety of applications of interest to DOE in the basic sciences, nanoscience and biology, and for technological applications. At Free-Electron Laser Facilities, peak power output of the x-ray pulses is enhanced… More

Cryogenically-Cooled High Average Power Picosecond Ytterbium Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Hsiao-hua Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $946,116.00
Abstract:
Next generation free electron lasers (FEL) will enable the exploration of physics at high powers and long and short wavelengths. The electron "gun" is a laser-driven photocathode, and the primary unproven part of this technology is the development of a laser with the required pulse characteristics,… More

Multi-keV, High Harmonic Source at 1MHz, Based on Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) at 3.1um

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, Dr. – 303-544-9068
Award Amount: $149,149.00
Abstract:
Light sources for X-Ray science have typically been synchrotrons and accosiated Free Electron Lasers (FEL). While these X-Ray light sources are some of the most versitile and powerful tools for a miriad of scientific study in the fields of chemistry, physics, and biology, they tend to be $100M +… More

Tunable Narrow-Band High Harmonic Beamline Optimized for Ultrafast Soft X-Ray Photoemission and Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Xiaoshi Zhang, Dr. – 303-544-9068
Award Amount: $149,770.00
Abstract:
X-rays, by virtue of their short wavelength, are ideal probes of surfaces, nanostructures and materials. X-rays can image small objects, penetrate thick samples, while the presence of elemental absorption edges in the soft x-ray region allows element and chemical-specific spectroscopy and imaging.… More

Ultrafast Laser System for Drilling and Inspecting Straight and Shaped Cooling Holes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sterling Backus, Vice President of R&D – (303) 544-9068
Award Amount: $749,578.00
Abstract:
Cooling holes in turbine fan blades is a key element in proper jet engine function. Drilling of these holes with current technology can be costly and difficult leading to (a) not enough holes, (b) holes without the proper shape, and (c) defects in the thermal barrier coating resulting from post… More

Technologies for Nanoscale Imaging Using Coherent Extreme Ultraviolet and Soft X-Ray Light

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: JILA
Principal Investigator: Daisy Raymondson, Research Scientist – (303) 544-9068
Award Amount: $99,964.00
RI Contact: Randall W. Draper
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Microscopy is a critical enabling technology for advancing our understanding of nature. Imaging nanoscale objects with light in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and soft x-ray regions of the spectrum has advantages over visible light for resolution, elemental specificity, and imaging… More

Advanced Technologies for Compact 100 W-class Ultrafast Ti:sapphire Lasers to Support DOE Facilities Needs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Xiaoshi Zhang, Dr. – 303-544-9068
Award Amount: $149,459.00
Abstract:
The development of new DOE ultrashort-pulse x-ray facilities creates exciting new possibilities for understanding dynamic processes in nature on the fundamental atomic length and length scales; i.e. sub- nm and femtosecond. However, to make full use of planned facilities such as the Short Pulse… More