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Femtosecond UV Laser Pulse Expander

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
91653
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0073
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mesa Photonics, LLC
1550 Pacheco St Santa Fe, NM 87505-3914
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Femtosecond UV Laser Pulse Expander
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0317
Award Amount: $98,998.00
 

Abstract:

The UV portion of the spectrum is gaining interest for military applications both for its unique spectral window for remote sensing and for the identification of targets such as trace amounts of explosives, chem/bio agents, and toxic chemicals. Powerful, fieldable laser sources are required for most sensing applications. Ultrafast lasers represent a unique capability because pulse widths are short, and can be varied from less than 100 fs to over 1 ns by simply dispersing the pulse in time using commonly used stretcher/compressor technology used in ultrafast amplifiers. However, because ultrafast amplifiers are mostly used at IR wavelengths, stretcher/compressor technology has been optimized for these wavelength regions. Ideally, and because different chemical and biological processes occur on various sub-nanosecond time scales, the pulse width should be variable in order to optimize the detection of the material of interest. The variability in pulse width also allows the incident energy on target to be easily and predictably varied. Consequently, the pulse width adjustment must be agile over a range of pulse widths. This Phase I effort is designed to demonstrate feasibility of agile stretcher technology that can change UV ultrafast laser characteristics rapidly for UV remote sensing needs.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Kane
President
5054015271
djkane@mesaphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Daniel Kane
President
5054015271
djkane@mesaphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MESA PHOTONICS, LLC
174 Galisteo Lane Santa Fe, NM 87505

EIN/Tax ID: 431999584
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No