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Optically Driven High Power Time Domain Terahertz Source

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83386
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-035-0284
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Picometrix LLC
2925 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48104-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Optically Driven High Power Time Domain Terahertz Source
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0110
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to demonstrate the feasibility of an compact optically driven high power time-domain terahertz (TD-THz) source with greater than 1 milliwatt average output at a repetition rate of approximately 50 MHz. This source will be compatible with conventional time domain terahertz spectroscopy and imaging equipment, but extend the output power greater than a 1000 times the 1 microwatt typically gemerated by these systems. Time domain terahertz sources produce hyper-wideband near single cycle sub-picosecond electromagnetic impulses spanning nearly 5 octaves of spectra from less than 100 GHz to greater than 3 THz. These pulses have unique properties that simultaneously enable frequency domain applications (such as pharmaceutical spectroscopy) and time domain applications (such as reflection tomography in aerospace non-destructive examination). We propose a non-conventional optical rectification approach driven by a compact high power laser system. The approach is compatible with Picometrix's existing photoconductive receivers and time domain terahertz spectroscopy and imaging equipment. In Phase I we will demonstrate the feasibility and scaling of the high power generation approach.

Principal Investigator:

David Zimdars
Mgr Terahertz Development
7348645639
dzimdars@picometrix.com

Business Contact:

Robin F. Risser
CFO
7348645605
rrisser@picometrix.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PICOMETRIX LLC
2925 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48104

EIN/Tax ID: 371508208
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
Center for Ultrafast Optical
6113 Engr Res Bldg. I
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2099
Contact: Linda K. Owens
Contact Phone: (734) 763-4878
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university