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An All-Fiber Mid-Infrared Frequency Combs

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
AdValue Photonics Inc
3708 E. Columbia Street Suite 405 Tucson, AZ 85714-1962
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: An All-Fiber Mid-Infrared Frequency Combs
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0124
Award Amount: $99,856.00


A low-cost fiber-based octave-spanning frequency comb system operating in the mid-IR region is proposed, which is based on femtosecond-Tm-fiber-laser-pumped supercontinuum generation in a mid-IR-transmitting dispersion-engineered fiber. An all-fiber femtosecond mode-locked Tm-doped fiber laser at 2 micron will be used as a seed source for mid-IR supercontinuum generation. A femtosecond soliton fiber amplifier will be developed at AdValue Photonics by using a very short piece of heavily Tm-doped high-gain large-mode area (LMA) fiber, which enables soliton amplification of the femtosecond pulses with average power up to 1W. Non-silica dispersion-engineered fibers will be developed as highly nonlinear fibers for broadband mid-IR supercontinuum generation by using our proprietary glass/fiber technology, which allow us to extend the wavelength of frequency combs beyond 5 micron BENEFIT: The proposed technology will offer a turnkey mid-IR frequency comb system that will be capable of self-referencing. The self-referenced mid-IR frequency comb will be very useful for a variety of high-precision metrology applications, such as high-precision molecular spectroscopy, gas remote sensing and analysis for environmental monitoring, pollution control, agriculture and life sciences, and non-invasive disease diagnosis through breath analysis.)

Principal Investigator:

Jihong Geng
Chief Scientist, Lasers

Business Contact:

Shibin Jiang
Small Business Information at Submission:

AdValue Photonics Inc
4585 S. Palo Verde, Suite 405 Tucson, AZ 85714

EIN/Tax ID: 260285706
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Cornell University
School of Applied and Engineer
212 Clark Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Contact: Frank W. Wise
Contact Phone: (607) 255-1184
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university