Development of UltrastableTi:sapphire Lasers for Optical Clock and Spectroscopy Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
422-49
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories, LLC
4699 Nautilus Court South, #205, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Kendell Laine Read
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 project proposes to develop a femtosecond laser system optimized for optical clocks and other precision metrology applications. In principle, atomic optical transitions have the potential to provide radically higher-accuracy timekeeping, because of the very high frequency of an optical transition. The problem of counting, or down-counting, the oscillations of the optical transition has been solved by self-referenced frequency division of the comb of frequencies generated by a femtosecond laser. This Phase 1 SBIR will work towards passively and actively stabilizing the laser repetition rate, as well as its power and bandwidth, to create a "hands-off" clock source that will run uninterrupted for long periods of time. New approaches to broader bandwidth lasers will also be investigated, both via feasibility study and experiment.

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