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Solid-State Fundamental Mode Green Laser for Ocean Mine Detection

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Department of Defense
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2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Arete Associates
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 703 Arlington, VA 22202-4139
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Solid-State Fundamental Mode Green Laser for Ocean Mine Detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-13-P-1173
Award Amount: $79,993.00


Arete proposes the development of Q-switched semiconductor lasers that can be scaled to produce high output peak powers within the blue/green wavelength band. The proposed system will utilize nanostructure quantum wavefunction engineering for gain material designs having extended excited state lifetimes and suppressed non-radiative processes to enable energy storage for high-peak-power optical pulses. Short excited-state lifetimes have previously been a fundamental limitation on semiconductor lasers. This limitation had been circumvented through the use of the Diode Pumped Solid-State (DPSS) laser architectures where diode efficiency and rare-earth crystal upper-state-lifetimes are used together to obtain high-peak-power pulses in Q-switched cavities. By engineering nanopartical heterojunctions to lengthen radiative lifetimes and suppress non-radiative processes, energy storage capability can be increased in semiconductor materials, enabling high peak powers without the use of DPSS architectures. Initial efforts will provide theoretical guidance for material fabrication based on material and laser system analysis.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Lundquist
Senior Scientist
(520) 571-8660

Business Contact:

Dave Kane
(520) 770-6099
Small Business Information at Submission:

Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607 Winnetka, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Arizona - Optical Sci
1630 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721-
Contact: Rolf Binder
Contact Phone: (520) 621-2892