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One-Dimensional Tunable Photonic-Crystal IR Filter

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77756
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
053484
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MetroLaser, Inc.
22941 Mill Creek Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653-1215
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: One-Dimensional Tunable Photonic-Crystal IR Filter
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL07AA07C
Award Amount: $599,930.00
 

Abstract:

MetroLaser proposes to design and develop an innovative narrowband tunable IR filter based on the properties of a one-dimensional photonic crystal structure with a resonant cavity. Such structure would exhibit an ultra-narrow, high-throughput band in the middle of a wide, low-transmission stop-band. During Phase I, through an extensive and detailed analysis, we performed a feasibility study to establish the operational characteristics and performance of the proposed tunable filter. Following this, we assembled and tested a breadboard and demonstrated filter tunability over 4 cm 1 with bandpass close to 0.25 cm-1, rejection level better than 23 dB, and acceptance angle of about 1 degree at 10.6 microns. The acquired data demonstrated our optimal approach for designing and constructing an ultra-narrow tunable optical bandpass filter. During Phase II, we will design, build, deliver to NASA, and perform field testing of a compact and robust prototype module of a 1" diameter narrowband filter with a tunability range of 10 cm-1, a bandpass range of 0.1 cm-1, background rejection of 30 dB, and transmittance better than 50%. A rugged and monolithic filter design will allow this instrument to be incorporated in air- or space-based platforms providing stable performance in harsh operating environments.

Principal Investigator:

Vladimir D. Markov
Principal Investigator
9495530688
vmarkov@metrolaserinc.com

Business Contact:

Christina B. Arnold
Director of Administration
9495530688
carnold@metrolaserinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MetroLaser, Inc.
8 Chrysler Irvine, CA 92618

EIN/Tax ID: 330584881
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No