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High-Power, Continuous-Wave 3.0- to 3.5-Micron Emitting Quantum Cascade Semiconductor Laser

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The technical objective of this proposal is to demonstrate a Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) emitting in the 3.0-3.5 & #181;m wavelength region, which employs a metamorphic buffer layer (MBL). It is the goal of this program to develop a QCL single-stripe… more

Mid-wave Infrared (MWIR) Illuminator for Ground and Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Targeting

Company: Pranalytica, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: We propose the development of an ultra-compact and highly reliable quantum cascade laser (QCL) two-color module with operating range from 100m to over 3km for weapon-mounted applications and up to 10km for small unmanned aircraft systems. Operational… more

Advanced Wavelength Tuners for Chem-Bio Detection Lasers

Company: LFK Technology Corp. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Several laser types are in development by the government for advanced proximal sensors, including the quantum cascade laser, the miniature solid state laser with optical parametric oscillator and the miniature CO2 gas laser. The enabling critical component… more

Real-time Nitrous Oxide Isotopologue Instrument for Assessing Soil Emissions

Company: Aerodyne Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … deploy real-time, fast response, sensitive nitrous oxide monitors. The proposed low power, compact N2O monitor will meet the need for a fast response, sensitive system for quantification of soil emissions. The instrument will be based on a continuous wave quantum … more

Dual Quantum Cascade Laser System for Simultaneous Measurements of 13CH4 and CH3D Methane Isotopologues

Company: Aerodyne Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Methane is the second most important atmospheric greenhouse gas after CO2 yet its global sources and sinks are still inadequately characterized. Monitoring the isotopic composition of atmospheric methane is one of the most promising approaches to closing the methane budget. Detailed process… more

Infrared Laser Direct Absorption Spectroscopy for Carbon Isotope Measurements from UAVs

Company: Aerodyne Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … is 0.2 (in 1s) for the ratios of two minor (i.e. rare) isotopic variants of CO2 to the major isotopic variant: [13CO2]/[ 12CO2] and [ 12C18O16O]/[12CO2]. The proposed general approach is laser absorption spectroscopy in the mid-infrared, with a & quot;quantum … more

Mid-wave Infrared (MWIR) Illuminator for Ground and Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) Targeting

Company: LaserMax Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … crystalline laser has been used to see objects, e.g., cell phone towers and railway cars, through rain and fog that otherwise were not visible or barely visible. In order to field illuminators for small weapon-mounted and SUAS, a more compact, rugged laser source like quantum… more

Surface-Emitting, Monolithic Beam-Combined Mid-Wave IR Quantum Cascade Lasers

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: The technical objectives of this proposal are: (1) design a grating-coupled surface-emitting (GCSE) active-photonic-crystal (APC) 4.6 micron-emitting quantum-cascade laser (QCL) to deliver 15 W diffraction-limited CW power in the main lobe of the far-field beam pattern; (2)… more

Monolithic Scalable Mid-Infrared Phase-Locked Laser Array

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The technical objectives of this proposal are: 1) Design a metal/semiconductor grating-based (i.e., substrate-emitting) Grating-Coupled Surface-Emitting Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Laser (GCSE-DFB QCL) emitting at 4.6 microns with high beam quality;… more

Highly sensitive, low-power, and low-weight gas analyzer for UAVs

Company: Mesa Photonics, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …ed systems can compete on sensitivity with mid-infrared gas analyzers. This is important for UAV deployment because near-infrared systems that use fiber optic telecommunications components are more reliable and versatile than are mid-infrared systems based on quantum … more

Monolithic, Widely Tunable, THz Local Oscillator

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This proposal describes development of a new type of quantum-cascade laser for use as a local oscillator at frequencies above 2 THz. The THz source described is a single chip solution that operates at room temperature. In addition, a mechanism for wide tuning (2-4.7 THz) is… more

Ultra-Wide Continuous Wave Electrical Tuning with a Multi-Section Quantum Cascade Laser

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …. In this proposal, a single chip solution is given which promises high power output (multi-Watt), a compact, rugged nature, and continuous frequency tuning (no-mode hops) over a wide range (>400 cm-1). The basic technology relies on new multi-section high power quantum … more

Ring-Cavity Surface-Emitting Quantum Cascade Lasers for High Power Applications at 4.5 um

Company: MP Technologies, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … yield and reduces the cost. However, in the mid-infrared, surface emitting semiconductor lasers are significantly underdeveloped compared to edge emitting devices. The proposed research will investigate the feasibility of using ring-cavity surface-emitting quantum cascade… more

Supercontinuum Laser Systems and the Simulation of the High Radiance Solar Lunar Spectrum for Space Sensor Testing

Company: Optical Sciences Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …tion; precision radiometric infrared illumination; active remote and security motion sensing; replace solar simulator systems using xeon arc-lamps; therapeutic, biological, and surgical programmable infrared illuminators; optical coherence tomography; ultrafast quantum … more

Airborne Sensor for Aerosol Precursors

Company: Vista Photonics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … of the atmosphere. High-performance sensors are required that can continuously monitor this molecule at low atmospheric concentrations. An inexpensive, compact, highly sensitive, in situ monitor for ammonia is proposed. Efficient, new generation quantum cascade… more

Low-Cost, Robust, Monolithic Semiconductor Mid-Infrared Laser With Very Wide Tunability

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The broadly tunable laser source developed during this program is a ground-breaking solution that requires a single quantum cascade laser device monolithically integrated with a power amplifier to cover the entire wavelength range from 4.18 to 5.11 microns… more

Monolithic Beam-Combined Mid-Infrared Laser Array

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: The team consisting of Eos Photonics Inc. and MIT Lincoln Laboratories will develop a MWIR laser source based on a high power, continuous wave (CW) Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) array. The output from the array elements will be beam combined monolithically… more

Low-Cost High Power Surface Emitting Micro-Stripe Quantum Cascade Laser Arrays

Company: EOS Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: We envision a coherently coupled QCL array architecture featuring 2nd order DFB gratings to vertically couple out light with excellent beam quality and high output power. This approach does not require cleaving of the devices or facet coatings and is therefore inherently more robust and… more

Ultra-High Brightness Dual Band Mid-Wavelength Infrared and Long-Wavelength Infrared Semiconductor Laser Module Based on Wavelength Beam Combination f

Company: TeraDiode, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …antage is poor output beam quality. TeraDiode"s technology of Wavelength Beam Combination (WBC) effectively solves the poor output beam quality problem of direct diode lasers. We will build a dual-band MWIR and LWIR laser for this program based on WBC of high power quantum… more

STTR Phase I: Quantum Cascade Laser Spectrometer for Bio-medical Applications

Company: Princeton Technology Advisers Company Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …, are severely limited for in-situ studies of biological samples due to low brightness. The synchrotron sources have obvious limitations for the widespread acceptance because of their high cost. Our innovative approach is based on employing recently developed Quantum … more

SBIR Phase II: Tunable Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers for Spectroscopy

Company: LongWave Photonics LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will demonstrate a prototype frequency tunable quantum cascade laser (TQCL) operating at terahertz frequencies (2-5 THz) for applications including gas spectroscopy and non-destructive imaging.… more

Compact High Precision Field Instrument for All Major Greenhouse Gases

Company: Aerodyne Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … Phase 1 we explored several approaches to reduce the size of the instrument optical system, and have outlined an innovative optical design that will be implemented in Phase 2. During Phase 1 we have learned how to operate two lasers of different types (quantum … more

Nonlinear Laser Wave Mixing for Trace Detection of Explosives

Company: Audentia, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … laser wave-mixing methods allow efficient use of low laser power levels (e.g., 0.01 W) and we have collected promising preliminary results for complex biomedical samples using different fixed and tunable lasers from VUV, visible, near IR to mid-IR (quantum … more

High-Power, Continuous-Wave 3.0- to 3.5-Micron Emitting Quantum Cascade Semiconductor Laser

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: The technical objectives of this proposal are: 1) the design of 3.0-3.5 micron-emitting quantum cascade laser (QCL) structures grown on metamorphic-buffer-layer (MBL) substrates; 2) the realization of electroluminescent QCL structures on MBLs with emission in the 3.0-3.5-micron… more

On-Chip Passive Phase-Locking for High Coherent Power, Mid-IR Quantum Cascade Lasers

Company: Intraband LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: The technical objectives of this proposal are: 1) Implement the design developed in Phase I for the realization of 8 micron-emitting active-photonic-crystal (APC) quantum-cascade (QC) lasers of 3 W average, diffraction-limited power and 15 % wallplug efficiency in quasi-CW… more