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Company Information:

Company Name: Vescent Photonics
City: Denver
State: CO
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (303) 296-6766

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,413,710.00 27
SBIR Phase II $5,779,821.00 10
STTR Phase I $579,419.00 6
STTR Phase II $1,199,595.00 2

Award List:

Compact, Turnable Diode Laser for Water-Vapor Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
Stable tunable diode lasers suitable for industrial environments are cost prohibitive. Lower-cost systems suffer from unstable wavelength behavior and mode hopping requiring operation by highly-trained personnel. The development of low cost, compact and robust tunable diode lasers is required for… More

Surface Selective Chiral Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, VP Technology
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
A novel approach to the problem of surface-selective chiral detection is presented. In a small and potentially inexpensive optical package, chiral molecules adsorbed to the surface of a guided wave optic are probed via the evanescent field of the guided radiation. Single-mode guided-wave optics are… More

Photonic nose" for chemo- and bio-agent detection: a novel surface enhanced Raman approach"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: JILA
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: David Nesbitt
Abstract:
Surface enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) has great potential as a tool chemical and biological detection. First, ultra-sensitivity is provided by remarkable Raman enhancement factors (>10^14); even delving into the ultimate limit for any sensor, singlemolecule detection. Second, since Raman… More

Surface Selective Chiral Detection: A New Metrology Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The near chiral purity of the biosphere leads to a vast array of chiro-specific physiological responses. This chiro-specificity, in turn, gives rise to the need for the manufacturing of enantiomerically pure chiral chemicals, such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, food additives, pigments, etc.… More

Surface Selective Chiral Detection: A New Metrology Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The near chiral purity of the biosphere leads to a vast array of chiro-specific physiological responses. This chiro-specificity, in turn, gives rise to the need for the manufacturing of enantiomerically pure chiral chemicals, such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, food additives, pigments, etc.… More

SBIR Phase II: Liquid-Crystal Waveguides for Optical Integrated Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Mike H. Anderson, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will reduce mechanical external-cavity diode lasers to a centimeter-sized waveguide chip using a novel giant electro-optic effect. The device, a waveguide external-cavity semiconductor laser (WECSL), will be environmentally robust,… More

Robust Diode Lasers for Monitoring and Measurement Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Michael H. Anderson
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Diode-laser spectroscopy has been popular for trace gas metrology of light molecules due to its high specificity. However, the spectrometers are bulky and expensive, and the laser diodes are prone to optical feedback and mode instability. These systems have been largely relegated to the laboratory… More

Compact, Turnable Diode Laser for Water-Vapor Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
We will develop a compact external cavity stabilization system, which will employ independent electro-optic control over the optical path length of the cavity and a wavelength-selective element. The system should be able to cover a 30 nm range and give mode-hop-free tuning over 20 nm intervals. The… More

Compact, Turnable Diode Laser for Water-Vapor Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
We will develop a compact external cavity stabilization system, which will employ independent electro-optic control over the optical path length of the cavity and a wavelength-selective element. The system should be able to cover a 30 nm range and give mode-hop-free tuning over 20 nm intervals. The… More

Miniaturized and Robust FTS Sensor for Marine Chemical Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, VP Technology
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to construct a miniaturized, robust, Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) for rapid, in-situ marine chemical analysis. A t the heart of the proposed FTS sensor is our innovative, electro-optic technology, which provides a replacement for mechanical mirror translation. … More

Optical "Nose" for Rapid, Part-Per-Trillion Trace Gas Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: JILA
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Jun Ye
Abstract:
75341-Trace quantities of certain atmospheric species can have profound effects on the complex chemical processes in the troposphere. However, the detection and quantification of these species will require the development of rapid response, ultra-sensitive (part-per-trillion) chemical detection… More

A Miniaturized and Robust FTS Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics details a miniaturized and robust Fourier transform spectrometer(FTS) for in-situ chemical and spectral analysis. Phase I research will focus on innovative electro-optic technology that enables moving mirror replacement. A successful phase I effort will pave the way for a phase II… More

SBIR Phase I: Compact, Tunable, GaN Diode Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, PI
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Project proposes to develop a novel, monolithic external-cavity to tune near-UV laser diodes now commercially available between 375 and 440 nm. The external cavity will provide electro-optic control over both the lasing wavelength and the cavity… More

SBIR Phase II: Liquid-Crystal Waveguides for Optical Integrated Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Mike H. Anderson, Dr
Award Amount: $499,565.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will reduce mechanical external-cavity diode lasers to a centimeter-sized waveguide chip using a novel giant electro-optic effect. The device, a waveguide external-cavity semiconductor laser (WECSL), will be environmentally robust,… More

A Miniaturized and Robust FTS Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,432.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics determined the feasibility of a miniaturized, robust, Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) for either in-situ or remote chemical and spectral analysis. During this phase I effort we investigated innovative, optical waveguide technology, capable of providing an unprecedented,… More

Liquid Crystal Design and Synthesis for Novel Electro-Optic Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF COLORADO
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, VP Technology
Award Amount: $99,907.00
RI Contact: Ralph Brown
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics, in collaboration with David Walba at the University of Colorado, proposes to develop, synthesize and test liquid crystals that will be suitable for a novel electro-optic design. This design enables unprecedented electro-optic phase delay (>1mm), with very low loss and rapid… More

LC Materials for an Innovative EO Architecture: A New Approach for Non-Mechanical Beamsteering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF COLORADO
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, Vice President of Technol
Award Amount: $699,688.00
RI Contact: Ralph Brown
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics, in collaboration with David Walba at the University of Colorado, proposes to continue their successful phase I development of novel LC materials that are suited to a new electro-optic architecture. This architecture provides unprecedented electro-optic phase delay (> 1 mm has… More

Cold Atom Optical System for Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Anderson, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We intend to develop a compact and robust diode laser system suitable for generating Bose-Einstein Condensation samples for spaced-based atom interferometers being developed for inertial navigation systems. Currently, the laser systems required are very complicated and can easily fill an optical… More

SBIR Phase I: Voltage tunable micro-ring resonators: low-cost, reconfigurable optical add-drops

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project entails the construction of voltage tunable micro-ring, optical waveguide resonators. The devices will exploit novel waveguide electro-optic technology capable of a large index modulation (currently ?n >.02 with the potential for ?n… More

Chip-Scale Lasers for Inertial Navigation Systems Using Atom Chip Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF COLORADO
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, President
Award Amount: $99,993.00
RI Contact: Diana Vidal
Abstract:
We propose to develop and build a novel chip-scale external cavity laser with frequency agility for use in matter-wave inertial navigation systems. These lasers exhibit narrow linewidth, frequency agility (10 GHz), environmental immunity, and can be precisely tuned during manufacture to rubidium D2… More

SBIR Phase I: A diode laser system for high-resolution terahertz spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Mike H. Anderson, PhD
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a turnkey laser system for creating terahertz radiation by optical heterodyne mixing of two laser frequencies on a solid-state photomixer. In Phase I the lasers will tune relative to each other over a range of 0 to 1 THz with

SBIR Phase II: Voltage Tunable Micro-Ring Resonators: Low-Cost, Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drops

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, PhD
Award Amount: $499,953.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project entails the design and building of polarization independent, fiberdized, wavelength selective switches using patent pending EO-waveguide micro-ring technology developed and demonstrated as a result of work carried out under Phase I. The… More

A Large Aperture Electro-Optic Beamsteerer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Central Florida
Principal Investigator: Mike H. Anderson, President
Award Amount: $99,782.00
RI Contact: Shin-Tson Wu
Abstract:
We propose to develop a fully electro-optic beamsteerer for large aperture beams. The beamsteerer will be able to deflect 3-cm beam into a field of regard of 50 deg x 20 deg. In Phase I we will demonstrate and model key technologies needed for a Phase II deliverable. These include a highly… More

SBIR Phase I: Electro-Optically Tunable Diode Lasers for Sensing Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Mike H. Anderson, PhD
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will reduce mechanical external-cavity diode lasers to a centimeter-sized waveguide chip using a novel giant electro-optic effect. The device, a waveguide external-cavity semiconductor laser (WECSL), will be environmentally robust,… More

Chip-Scale Lasers for Inertial Navigation Systems Using Atom Chip Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Colorado
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, President
Award Amount: $499,907.00
RI Contact: Dana Anderson
Abstract:
We propose to develop and build a novel chip-scale external cavity laser with frequency agility for use in matter-wave inertial navigation systems. These lasers exhibit narrow linewidth, frequency agility (10 GHz), environmental immunity, and can be precisely tuned during manufacture to rubidium D2… More

Tunable Seed Lasers for Laser Remote Sensing of CO2 and O2

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mike H. Anderson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,121.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics propose to develop a chip-sized narrow linewidth (< 50 kHz), widely tunable (> 10 nm's) diode laser that will be suitable for a wide variety of NASA remote sensing missions. The proposed laser platform enables easy selection of the laser center wavelength; these lasers can be… More

Low Cost, Low SWAP Micro-LADAR for Guided Smart Submunitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, Vice President of Researc
Award Amount: $99,736.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics, in collaboration with Aerius Photonics, proposes to develop a new generation of ultra-compact, ultra low power micro-ladar systems that will be suitable for a wide variety of military needs including: guided sub-munitions, missle interceptor seeker systems, active collision… More

High-Power, Narrow Linewidth Laser Sources for Alkali Atoms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, President
Award Amount: $98,743.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this proposal is to produce high-power, narrow-linewidth (~1 MHz or less), robust, turn-key laser sources that will meet the requirements of emerging cold-atom engineering applications. The focus of this effort will be on developing "path-to-power" techniques for wavelength-flexible… More

Electro-Optic Laser Scanners for Space-Based Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics propose to design and build revolutionary non-mechanical, electro-optic (EO) laser scanners that will be suitable for space based laser ranging, with a specific focus on the upcoming Lidar Surface Topography (LIST) mission. The success of past and current space based lidar… More

Precision Locking and Control of CW Lasers in Support of ASCENDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mike H. Anderson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to design and build significantly improved laser frequency locking and control systems that will be suitable for ASCENDS and other NASA sensing needs. Precision laser frequency control (absolute frequency to better than 1 MHz with rapid tuning over 10's to 100's of GHz)… More

Multi-Access Optical Communications Modules as Enabled by Revolutionary EO Scanner Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, VP Technology
Award Amount: $98,573.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to develop a new generation of ultra-compact, ultra low power free space optical (FSO) systems that will be suitable for deployment on a wide variety of military platforms, as required for new multi-access optical networks. These new devices are enabled by the combined… More

Low Cost, Low SWAP Micro-LADAR as Enabled by Revolutionary EO Scanner Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, VP Technology
Award Amount: $99,930.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to develop, design and build new scanning based micro-ladar sensors with unprecedented cost and size, weight, and power (SWAP), thereby enabling ladar deployment on previously inaccessible platforms (SUAS, micro-munitions, etc.). This tremendous reduction in SWAP will be… More

Ultra-Low SWaP and Low Cost Micro-LADAR Devices for Guided Sub-Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, VP of Technology – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $749,601.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to develop, design and build new scanning based micro-ladar sensors with unprecedented cost and size, weight, and power (SWAP), thereby enabling ladar deployment on previously inaccessible platforms (SUAS, micro-munitions, etc.). This tremendous reduction in SWaP and… More

High-Power, Narrow Linewidth Laser Sources for Alkali Atoms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, President – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $749,330.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this proposal is to produce high-power, narrow-linewidth (~1 MHz or less), robust, turnkey laser sources that will meet the requirements of emerging cold-atom sensors. The goal of this Phase II effort is to develop a frequency-agile diode laser system with an output power of 1000 mW.… More

Electro-Optic Laser Scanners for Space-Based Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $598,489.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this phase II SBIR is to design and build new non-mechanical, electro-optic (EO) laser scanners that will be suitable for space based laser ranging, with a specific focus on the upcoming Lidar Surface Topography (LIST) mission. Even though the applications for EO laser scanning are… More

Absolute Wavelength Control of Lasers for Active Sensing in Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Sara R. Bickman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,922.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop compact absolute wavelength references to weak molecular transitions, which is a challenge characteristic to space-based active sensing. The ASCENDS mission (Active Sensing of CO2 over Nights, Days, and Seasons) will be the first satellite-based mission employing precision… More

Revolutionary Photonics-True-Time-Delay Units

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, Vice President of Technology – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $99,867.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR program we will design, build, and deliver a phased array radar time delay unit (TDU) with unprecedented performance. The enabling innovation is a new photonics-true-time-delay (PTTD) architecture that will provide: larger delay tuning (up to 20 nsec), low insertion loss (<2 dB),… More

Diode Laser Systems for Space-Based Cold Atom Clocks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, President – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $99,749.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose to combine distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser diodes with novel sideband locking schemes, MEMS atomic vapor cells, and offset phase locking to produce compact frequency-agile laser systems capable of autonomous operation on spaced-based platforms and remote environments. … More

Waveguide Based Laser Beamsteerers: A Simple, Low Cost and Low SWaP Solution to a Long-Standing Problem

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, VP – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $79,647.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to develop new electro-optic (non-mechanical) laser scanners with extremely low cost and Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP), thereby enabling use on a variety of previously inaccessible platforms (e.g., soldier mounted, UAV/MAV, UGV, micromunitions, and more). The Vescent EO… More

Compact precision wavelength reference for O2 sensing at 1.27 um for ASCENDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Sarah Bickman, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,674.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop compact absolute wavelength references to weak molecular transitions, which is a challenge characteristic to space-based active sensing. The ASCENDS mission (Active Sensing of CO2 over Nights, Days, and Seasons) will be the first satellite-based mission employing precision… More

Diode Laser Systems for Space-Based Cold Atom Clocks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mike Anderson, President – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $747,456.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose to develop extremely compact and rugged laser systems for emerging cold-atom-based sensors of time, gravity, and inertial forces. This phase II will provide complete and disruptive cold-atom laser / electro-optic control systems. We will design and build distributed Bragg… More

Micro-Laser Communications Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, VP Technology
Award Amount: $124,575.00
Abstract:
High bandwidth communication links are needed between satellites and ground stations, inter-satellite, and to airborne assets. As data loads increase and satellites available payloads decrease keeping the information flowing becomes even more challenging. In this SBIR program we will design and… More

EO Scanned Micro-LADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott R. Davis, VP Technology
Award Amount: $124,328.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR program we will develop, design and build new scanning based micro-ladar sensors with unprecedented small size, weight, and power (SWaP), thereby enabling scanning ladar deployment on previously inaccessible platforms such as satellites. The system will range out to>1 km, have high… More

Compact, cold-atom clock for Navy field use

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Colorado
Principal Investigator: Michael Anderson, President – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $79,740.00
RI Contact: James K. Thompson
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to develop a compact laser system and integrate it with a cold-atom micro primary standard developed under the DARPA IMPACT program. In phase I we will investigate performance enhancements resulting from immobilizing the cold-atom sample with an optical lattice formed from… More

Waveguide Based Laser Beamsteerers: A Simple, Low Cost and Low SWaP Solution to a Long-Standing Problem

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Davis, VP Technology – (303) 296-6766
Award Amount: $735,995.00
Abstract:
Vescent Photonics proposes to develop new electro-optic (non-mechanical) laser scanners with unprecedented cost and Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP), thereby enabling use on a variety of previously inaccessible platforms (e.g., soldier mounted, UAV/MAV, UGV, micromunitions, and more). The Vescent EO… More