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Company Information:

Company Name: Photodigm, Inc.
City: Richardson
State: TX
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (972) 235-7584

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,316,615.00 13
SBIR Phase II $4,798,161.00 6
STTR Phase I $248,772.00 2
STTR Phase II $499,957.00 1

Award List:

Ferromagnetic Composite Optical Isolator Monolithically Integrated with a Semiconductor Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gary Evans, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $69,963.00
Abstract:
"This proposal describes a new method to achieve optical-waveguide isolators that can be integrated with a variety of material systems. The isolators use Ferromagnetic Composites (FC) in conjunction with the magnetic Kerr effect. Isolators integrated onmaterials used in semiconductor lasers and… More

Lenslike Grating-Outcoupled Surface Emitting Laser with Superstrate Reflector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Gary Evans, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $99,747.00
Abstract:
"This proposal describes two major improvements to an existing research concept for a high-average-power surface-emitting semiconductor laser with high brightness. The existing concept is the use of a lenslike lateral waveguide with a grating in thelongitudinal direction to provide feedback for… More

Lenslike Grating-Outcoupled Surface Emitting Laser with Superstrate Reflector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steve Patterson, VP Process Engineering
Award Amount: $949,697.00
Abstract:
A surface-emitting semiconductor laser with a lenslike lateral layer for mode control is proposed for operation in the 975 nm wavelength range. This lens-like grating-outcoupled surface-emitting (LLGSE) laser is designed for powers of about 10 W (300microns wide and 1 cm long). Applications of… More

High Speed Optical Source for High Energy Physics Data Acquisition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Steve Patterson
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
72499S03-I Data acquisition in high energy physics experiments is limited by both the optical data rate that can be transferred via optical fibers and the number of fibers that can be fit into a detector without degrading detector performance. This project will increase the data rate in optical… More

Coherent, High Power Grating-Outcoupled Surface-Emitting Semiconductor Laser Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: S. D. Roh, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,831.00
Abstract:
Investigation of coherent, high power, 1550 nm Grating-coupled Surface-Emitting (GSE) laser arrays for military applications are proposed. The proposed innovative approach will enable the rapid development of coherent, high-power long-wavelength surface-emitting lasers while circumventing major… More

Low-Cost Multi-Wavelength, Laser Transmitter Package for WDM Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Sarvotham Bhandarkar, Director of Packaging
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of a multi-wavelength laser transmitter package for WDM applications that enables multiplexing of wavelengths without the use of filters, waveguides, couplers and fiber splicing. The multi-wavelength laser transmitter combines 4 or… More

SBIR Phase II: Wavelength-Division-Multiplexed Surface-Emitting Lasers with Two-Dimensional Photonic Lattice Outcouplers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Nuditha V. Amarasinghe, Dr
Award Amount: $99,848.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II Project proposes to develop a commercially viable monolithic Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) two-wavelength Grating-Outcoupled Surface-Emitting semiconductor (GSE) laser emitting near 1310 nm. Phase I demonstrated the concept of WDM GSE… More

Coherent Eye-safe High-power Surface-emitting Laser Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: S. D. Roh, Principle Scientist
Award Amount: $749,829.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will develop and deliver prototypes of high power, coherent 1550 nm Grating-outcoupled Surface-Emitting (GSE) laser array modules with integrated lenses for military detection and ranging applications. These eye-safe lasers will deliver 15 W… More

SBIR Phase II: Wavelength-Division-Multiplexed Surface-Emitting Lasers with Two-Dimensional Photonic Lattice Outcouplers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Nuditha V. Amarasinghe, Dr
Award Amount: $498,766.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II Project proposes to develop a commercially viable monolithic Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) two-wavelength Grating-Outcoupled Surface-Emitting semiconductor (GSE) laser emitting near 1310 nm. Phase I demonstrated the concept of WDM GSE… More

SBIR Phase I: Nano-Patterned, Phase Shift Insensitive, 2-Dimensional Photonic Lattice Outcoupler for Grating Surface Emitting Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Taha Masood, Mr
Award Amount: $99,926.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will create a manufacturing process for phase-shift insensitive, 2-dimensional (2-D) photonic lattice outcoupler for grating-outcoupled surface-emitting (GSE) lasers. Photonic lattice structures hold great promise for the… More

Photonic Integrated Circuit for Quantum Encryption

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF TEXAS, DALLAS
Principal Investigator: Scott McWilliams, Director of Process Engineering
Award Amount: $98,867.00
RI Contact: Duncan MacFarlane
Abstract:
This STTR Phase I project will develop a programmable photonic integrated circuit to provide a practical hardware platform to support a robust quantum encryption system. Proposed is a two dimensional lattice structure where the architecture of the device explicitly implements quantized states as… More

SBIR Phase I: Low Cost High Brightness Photonic Crystal Lasers with Integrated Non-Linear Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Taha Masood, Mr
Award Amount: $99,931.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project goal is to develop a highly coherent surface-emitting photonic crystal (SEPC) semiconductor laser operating in the 900 to 1070 nm wavelength range. High brightness lasers are required to efficiently pump non-linear crystals to obtain… More

STTR Phase I: High Performance Surface-Emitting Quantum Wire Slab Coupled Optical Waveguide Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Southern Methodist Univ
Principal Investigator: Martin K. Achtenhagen, Dr
Award Amount: $149,905.00
RI Contact: Martin A. Achtenhagen
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project will develop a reliable, high power (1 to 10 W), stable, efficient, single-frequency surface-emitting semiconductor laser in the 9xx to 10xx nm range. The proposed device will have the capability for high speed (~ 40 Gbps), low… More

A1GaInAs/InP based Integrated Waveguide Optical Isolators at 1.5 microns

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Bour, Vice-President R&D
Award Amount: $98,917.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR project is to demonstrate an integratable optical waveguide isolator in the InP alloy material system that can be integrated with a semiconductor laser and other photonic components. The structure of this isolator is designed to exhibit a non-reciprocal resonant loss in the… More

STTR Phase II: High Performance Single Frequency Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Southern Methodist University
Principal Investigator: Martin Achtenhagen, DPhil
Award Amount: $499,957.00
RI Contact: Larry Smith
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Phase II project will enable a new generation of single-frequency semiconductor lasers to enable applications in displays, precision instruments and defense. Under the Phase I project the team developed industry-leading first generation lasers… More

High-Power, Narrow Linewidth Laser Diodes for Alkali Atoms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Martin Achtenhagen, Vice President of Engineering
Award Amount: $98,930.00
Abstract:
Semiconductor lasers are fabricated in large volumes and are available at low prices at a wide variety of wavelengths for many commercial applications. These applications have modest requirements for power, beam quality, and reliability. The recent growth in metrology applications has necessitated… More

Multispectral Photonic Beacon for Indentification, Friend or Foe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason K. O'Daniel, Laser Engineer
Award Amount: $99,695.00
Abstract:
This Phase I proposal work will develop needed components and knowledge for a light weight, low cost multispectral photonic beacon for identification of armed forces. The work will focus on the wavelengths of 1064nm and 852nm, with additional effort focused in the mid-wave infrared (MWIR). … More

High-Power, Narrow Linewidth Laser Diodes for Alkali Atoms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Martin Achtenhagen, Vice President of Enginee – (972) 235-7584
Award Amount: $749,948.00
Abstract:
This Phase II proposal describes the work to be performed by Photodigm to produce high power and narrow linewidth DBR lasers at key strategic wavelengths for applications in alkali atom physics. These DBR lasers will operate at the D1 transition wavelengths of Rubidium (795 nm) and Cesium (894 nm),… More

Wavelength Stabilized High-Power Diode Lasers for Alkali Atom Pumping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Preston Young, Senior Electrical Engineer – (972) 235-7584
Award Amount: $99,883.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR proposal is submitted to address the needs of researchers needing high power narrow spectral linewidth diode laser pump sources for alkali vapor lasers. Diode-pumped alkali vapor lasers (DPALs) can be most efficiently pumped with spectrally-stabilized laser diode arrays (LDAs)… More

High power DBR lasers for optimized pumping of chip-scale He:Rb lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Preston Young, Director of Engineering – (972) 235-7584
Award Amount: $149,966.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This Phase I SBIR proposal is submitted to address critical component technology for integrated fast light micro-inertial sensors for GPS denied navigation. One promising sensor type is the superluminally enhanced ring laser gyro (SEA-RLG). This proposal addresses development of… More

Wavelength Stabilized High-Power Diode Lasers for Alkali Atom Pumping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Preston Young, Director of Engineering – (972) 235-7584
Award Amount: $999,923.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR proposal is submitted to address the need for high-power narrow spectral linewidth diode laser pump sources in alkali vapor lasers. Diode-pumped alkali vapor lasers (DPALs) can be most efficiently pumped with spectrally-stabilized laser diode arrays (LDAs) with very narrow… More

High power DBR lasers for optimized pumping of chip-scale He:Rb lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Preston Young, Director of Engineering – (972) 235-7584
Award Amount: $849,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Alkali atoms are utilized in a wide range of applications including atomic clock references, cold-atom physics, quantum computing, low quantum-defect alkali vapor lasers, and next-generation precision navigation and timing (PNT) instruments. The demand for navigation-grade and… More