Advanced Development for Defense Science and Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0152
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0152
Amount: $97,729.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-007
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
69 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ, 07860
DUNS: 807692236
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Birge
 Research Project Manager
 (857) 998-1320
 j.birge@menlosystems.com
Business Contact
 Amy Eskilson
Title: Dir of Business Development
Phone: (973) 300-3002
Email: a.eskilson@menlosystems.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The ability to precisely control dispersion with thin-film dielectric filters is an enabling technology in short pulse lasers, allowing for durations below five femtoseconds. Such laser systems have revolutionized areas central to many DOD missions and capabilities, such as directed laser energy systems, precision optical metrology to enhance inertial navigation systems, and optical arbitrary waveform generation for high resolution optical sensing, to name a few. Going forward, as the attosecond regime is developed, dispersion compensating mirror systems are needed to enable enhancement cavities for high harmonic generation which provides researchers with access to coherent XUV and soft X-ray radiation from cost effective oscillators rather than complex amplifier systems. Similar dispersion-controlled cavities can be used for repetition-rate multiplication, an important capability for sources to be used in e.g. waveform generation. These new applications require precision, bandwidth and damage tolerance at the limits of what is possible with current mirror technology. We propose to extend these limits through improved design optimization and material selection. We will leverage newly available commercial grid computing systems to develop global search algorithms for finding optimal mirror configurations and to optimize manufacturing tolerances, addressing a major practical limitation to the production of highly precise dispersion compensating mirrors.

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