A Compact, Waveguide Based Programmable Optical Comb Generator

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CF63P
Agency Tracking Number: 090061
Amount: $99,975.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: T4.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ADVR, Inc.
2310 University Way, Building 1, Bozeman, MT, 59715-6504
DUNS: 062674630
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Philip Battle
 Principal Investigator
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 battle@advr-inc.com
Business Contact
 Betsy Heckel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Email: heckel@advr-inc.com
Research Institution
 Stanford University
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 Office of Sponsored Research, 340 Panama Street, MC 4100
Stanford, CA, 94305
 (650) 725-6864
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
This NASA Phase I STTR effort will establish the feasibility of developing a compact broadband near to mid-IR programmable optical comb for use in laser based remote sensing and communications. The comb generator will use a waveguide-based optical parametric gain block technology that can have ultra wideband (>250nm) operation with very high gain (>25dB) in a very compact footprint. This approach is enabled by advances both in waveguide processing and in substrate growth, which allows for fabrication of complex waveguide structures to be formed in commercially available large-diameter nonlinear optical substrates. Optical comb sources are increasing the achievable sensitivity and system performance for a range of applications including gas sensing, optical communications, frequency metrology, precision spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography and thus directly addresses NASA's mission to advance remote sensing measurements to improve the scientific understanding of the Earth specified in 2009 STTR call: T4.01 Lidar, Radar and Passive Microwave.

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