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Ultra Narrowband Optical Parametric Oscillator

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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1997 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aculight Corporation
22121 20th Avenue SE Bothell, WA 98021-4408
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Ultra Narrowband Optical Parametric Oscillator
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Presently there are no broadly tenable, narrow linewidth souces that operate throughout the mid-infrared (mid-IR) region of the spectrum, from 1 to 5 microns. Traditional sources have very low spectral brightness (low power per unit spectral bandwidth). This proposal describes a novel approach to produce a source with very high spectral brightness, tunable over the range of 1.1 to 4.3 microns. This source is an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped directly by a single frequency laser diode. The technical approach to this device has a number of ;novel features. It uses the new nonlinear material periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN). It also uses a total internal reflection resonator, removing the limitations of coating bandwidth. The availability of improved pump sources, higher quality non-linear material, and improved cavity control techniques make development of this source possible.The OPO will be designed, assembled, tested and characterized on this Phase I program. The result of the Phase I program will be a thorough understanding of the properties of the device, and the requirements for frequency stabilization of the output.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey W. Pierce

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Aculight Corp.
40 Lake Bellevue, Ste. 100 Bellevue, WA 98005

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No