Compact, Wavelength Stabilized Seed Source for Multi-Wavelength Lidar Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,931.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CB40C
Agency Tracking Number:
084628
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ADVR, Inc.
2310 University Way, Building 1, Bozeman, MT, 59715-6504
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
062674630
Principal Investigator:
Shirley McNeil
Principal Investigator
(406) 522-0388
mcneil@advr-inc.com
Business Contact:
Betsy Heckel
Business Official
(406) 522-0388
heckel@advr-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA LaRC is developing a compact, multi-wavelength High Spectral resolution Lidar (HSRL) system designed to measure various optical and microphysical properties of aerosols and clouds. The HSRL system uses a high power, pulsed, seeded Nd:YAG laser, whose seed is wavelength-stabilized to an iodine vapor absorption line. The primary goal of the Phase II effort is to provide a robust, next generation seed laser system which is significantly reduced in size, weight, and required "wall-plug" power for HSRL and other lidar applications. This approach is enabled by use of a suitable compact laser diode source, together with AdvR's integrated Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) technology. Furthermore, AdvR's multi-element waveguide technology will be utilized in this Phase II effort to provide a compact 355nm source, derived from the same seed laser, for calibration of the HSRL UV interferometric filter. A compact, next generation seed laser system utilizing AdvR's PLC and UV technology, integrated with a high performance compact laser diode source will advance NASA's lidar systems due to its compact, efficient, and reliable design, thus enabling use on small aircraft and satellites.

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