SEMICONDUCTOR LASER EXCITED UPCONVERSION TRANSITIONS IN HOLMIUM (SLEUTH)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 15212
Amount: $245,722.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Laser Power Research
12777 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA, 92130
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Mells
 Principal Investigator
 (619) 755-0700
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Abstract
A BLUE-GREEN LASER IS PROPOSED WHICH IMPLEMENTS UPCONVERSION ENERGY TRANSFER PROCESSES TO EXCITE THE 5G6 5I8 LASER TRANSITION IN HO3+ IS HIGHLY PROMISING FOR SUBMARINE COMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS AS THE WAVELENGTH OF THIS TRANSITION IS EXTREMELY CLOSE TO THE 6S1/2 7P3/2 RESONANT ADSORPTION IN CESIUM (455.66NM). THE RESULTS OF CALCULATIONS APPLYING THE JUDD-OFELT APPROXIMATIONS INDICATE A LARGE OSCILLATOR STRENGTH CORRESPONDING TO THIS LASER TRANSITION. THE PROGRAM WILL INVESTIGATE 455 NM STIMULATED EMISSION IN HO:BAY2F8. THISHOST LATTICE IS PROMISING FOR UPCONVERSION PUMPING SINCE IT SUPPORTS UPCONVERSION VIA PAIR PROCESSES FOR EFFICIENT LASER OPERATION. IN ADDITION THIS CRYSTAL HAS LOW ASSOCIATED PHONON ENERGIES, SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCING THE PROBABILITY OF UPPER LASER LEVEL DEPLETION THROUGH NON-RADIATIVE TRANSITIONS. THE 5I8 5I5 PUMP TRANSITION AT 908 NM IS COMPATIBLE WITH STRAINED LAYER INGAAS QUANTUM WELL TECHNOLOGY. THIS IS A VIABLE PUMP LASER TECHNOLOGY SINCE STRAINED QUANTUM WELL DEVICES HAVE DEMONSTRATED HIGH RELIABILITY WITH STRAINED LAYERS NEAR THE CRITICAL THICKNESS. THE 908 NM OUTPUT REQUIRED ACCOMMODATES MUCH NARROWER STRAINED LAYER THICKNESSES RESULTING IN REDUCED STRESS ON THE ACTIVE LAYER AND IMPROVED RELIABLITY OF THE DIODE LASER PUMP SOURCE. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS - THE PROPOSED SYSTEM HOLDS PROMISE FOR EFFICIENT GENERATION OF NARROWBAND LASER RADIATION WHICH ISCOMPATIBLE WITH THE CS ATOMIC RESONANCE FILTER. IN ADDITION TO SUBMARINE COMMUNICATIONS, THE BLUE-GREEN OUTPUTS ARE SUITABLE FOR APPLICATIONS IN FLUORESCENCE SPECTROSCOPY, HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGING, MEASUREMENTSAND CONTROL SYSTEMS AS WELL AS OPTICAL MEMORY TECHNOLOGY. OTHER IMPORTANT APPLICATIONS WILL UTILIZE

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