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Ultraviolet Acousto-Optic Devices Using Barium Borate (BBO)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-008-0385
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T008
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-10-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-04-20
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 616 19 Loveton Cirlce
Sparks, MD 21152
United States
DUNS: 808275890
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jolanta Soos
 Chief Technology Officer
 (410) 472-0700
Business Contact
 Diane Murray
Title: Contract Coordinator
Phone: (936) 588-6901
Research Institution
 Regents of the Univ. Of Colorado
 Joyce Kroll
Administrative Research Center 3100 Marine Street, Room 479
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

 (303) 492-6221
 Nonprofit College or University

We will develop novel acousto-optic devices for use in the UV using the new material Barium Borate (BBO) which not only has the required UV transparency, but a unique combination of acoustic and optical properties. The capabilities provided by these new UV AO devices are ideally suited for optical addressing arrays of trapped ions with focused spots from appropriately tuned UV and visible lasers to program initial states and implement 2-qubit gates. BBO, which has received extensive development as a nonlinear optical material, has just recently emerged as a candidate AO material, and appears to be an ideal choice for addressing arrays of trapped ions since it will allow high efficiency AO modulators and deflectors throughout the UV, visible, and IR spectra. To achieve this goal we will first make more precise acoustic and acousto-optic measurement of the tensor properties of a-BBO and b-BBO than have been previously reported. Then we will design and fabricate the first high efficiency BBO modulators and deflectors optimized for QIP application in the UV. Their performance will be measured and the designs verified, and then improved devices will be designed and analyzed in preparation for Phase II.

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