Advanced Ultrafast Modelocked Diode Laser System as a Source for Nonlinear Optical Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: 96
Agency Tracking Number: 30890
Amount: $49,668.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
701 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL, 32811
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edwin K. Thomas
 Chief Engineer
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Research Institution
The proposed research is intended to be a major step in the development of a modelocked diode laser system, capable of replacing several expensive and complex components used in seeding of OPO, OPA, and OPG, with direct applications in non-linear optical diagnostics. The company has successfully demonstrated a modelocked diode laser system which features hybird modelocking and produces 100 picojoule pulses at 100 MHz. An advanced wide stripe semiconductor will be obtained and integrated during this effort. These components, in combination with changes to the optical cavity, are estimated to increase the output energy of this device by an order of magnitude, to over one nanojoule. Pulse duration of 200 femtoseconds has been achieved with the present design and the second objective of this research will be to shorten this to less than 150 femtoseconds by use of an innovative new type of saturable absorber. An additional objective of this work is to use the results of laboratory testing to evaluate three approaches to raising diode energy further, with a goal of 10 nanojoules. A design study documenting the best approach for achieving this level will be a work product of the project.

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