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Compact 2 Micron Seed Laser

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
74412
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
041025
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120 Tucson, AZ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Compact 2 Micron Seed Laser
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL06AA11C
Award Amount: $599,796.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal is for the development of innovative compact, high power and extremely reliable 2 micron seed laser using newly developed Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers, which exhibit high quantum efficiency. This type of fiber based seed laser is needed for constructing high energy pulsed 2 micron Ho-doped crystal lasers for LIDAR applications. The single frequency fiber laser, which will be developed as part of the seed laser, is needed for building coherent laser Radar for space exploration program. We propose to use highly Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers with high gain per unit length to form a short linear cavity to generate single frequency fiber laser operation. Germanate glass exhibits lower phonon energy compared to silica glass, increasing the quantum efficiency of 3F4 level of Tm3+ ions. Importantly, Tm3+ can be highly doped into germanate glasses, which results in so called cross-relaxation, dramatically improving the gain per unit length and the quantum efficiency. The single frequency fiber laser will be used to construct seed lasers by integrating with controlling electronics.

Principal Investigator:

Shibin Jiang
Principal Investigator
5207997407
jiang@npphotonics.com

Business Contact:

James Fountain
Business Official
5207997424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NP Photonics, Inc.
9030 S. Rita Road Tucson, AZ 85747

EIN/Tax ID: 860999108
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No