Space-Qualified 1064 nm Seed and Metrology Laser

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,997.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNL04AB39P
Award Id:
68912
Agency Tracking Number:
034372
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
510 Herndon Pkwy, Herndon, VA, 20170
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107940207
Principal Investigator:
Floyd Hovis
Principal Investigator
(703) 471-7671
fhovis@fibertek.com
Business Contact:
Jim Phillips
Contracts Manager
(703) 471-7671
jphillips@fibertek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A space-qualified, single-frequency oscillator operating at 1064 nm is a critical component for a number of active optical measurement systems that have been proposed for both ground and space-based NASA missions. These include metrology for space-based interferometers, direct detection wind lidar systems, atmospheric aerosol measurement systems, and differential absorption lidar (DIAL) systems for ozone measurement. These applications all require a frequency-stabilized cw 1064 nm oscillator with an output power in the 10-100 mW range. We propose to design and build a space-qualified version of the required laser oscillator. We will base our design on a diode-pumped microchip laser. It will incorporate both active temperature control and locking to a narrow molecular absorption to provide a high level of frequency stabilization. Redundant diode pumps, thermally and mechanically robust packing, and a careful choice of materials to minimize contamination effects will ensure the design will be space qualifiable. Our Phase I work will demonstrate that the key technology goals can be met in a space qualifiable design. In Phase II we will accomplish the detailed design, assembly, and qualification of a space-qualified single frequency laser that meets the required performance goals.

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