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

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Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc.
1855 South 57th Court Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Development of UltrastableTi:sapphire Lasers for Optical Clock and Spectroscopy Applications
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $75,000.00


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 very high frequency of an optical transition. The problem of counting, or down-counting, the oscillations of the optical transition has been solved by self-referenced frequency division of the comb of frequencies generated by a femtosecond laser. This Phase 1 SBIR will work towards passively and actively stabilizing the laser repetition rate, as well as its power and bandwidth, to create a "hands-off" clock source that will run uninterrupted for long periods of time. New approaches to broader bandwidth lasers will also be investigated, both via feasibility study and experiment.

Principal Investigator:

Kendell Laine Read

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories, LLC
4699 Nautilus Court South #205 Boulder, CO 80301

Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No