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Compact & Ultra-High Resolution Terahertz Spectroscopic/Fingerprint System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
94895
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-013-0216
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T013
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120 Tucson, AZ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Compact & Ultra-High Resolution Terahertz Spectroscopic/Fingerprint System
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0005
Award Amount: $99,998.00
 

Abstract:

NP Photonics proposes to develop a fiber-based, compact, tunable, THz spectroscopic/fingerprinting system that offers ultra-high resolution (< 1 MHz), high sensitivity and room temperature operation over the 1-3 THz range. This proposed system will provide high resolution molecular fingerprint information by leveraging NP Photonics high power and narrow linewidth fiber-based THz source, which is based on the newly developed THz crystal fiber converter and NP's high power single-frequency pulsed fiber lasers at eye-safe wavelength ~1550 nm in master oscillator and power amplifier (MOPA) configuration. In this project, the external cavity enhanced fiber-based THz source will generate 1-10 mW narrow linewidth THz radiation while providing for 3-4 decades of dynamic range. For the THz detection, we propose an ultra-sensitive, room-temperature optical THz detection by using nonlinear parametric up-conversion. Terahertz radiation is mixed with pump light at ~1550 nm in the THz fiber converter to generate an optical up-converted wave that is coupled into optical fiber and detected using a Geiger-mode avalanche photo-diode (GM-APD). The noise equivalent power (NEP) of this proposed THz spectroscopic/fingerprinting system is expected to be ~ fW/Hz1/2.

Principal Investigator:

Wei Shi
Principal Engineer
5207997413
wshi@npphotonics.com

Business Contact:

James T. Fountain
Director Contract Administration
5207997424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120 Tucson, AZ 85747

EIN/Tax ID: 860999108
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Dayton Research Inst.
Contracts and Grants Admin.
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
Contact: Claudette M. Groeber
Contact Phone: 9372292919