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

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CB40C
Agency Tracking Number: 084628
Amount: $599,931.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-12-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-02-28
Small Business Information
2310 University Way, Building 1
Bozeman, MT 59715-6504
United States
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Shirley McNeil
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 522-0388
Business Contact
 Betsy Heckel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Research Institution

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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