Visible Continuum Source for Fluorescence Excitation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$81,354.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43EB003326-01A1
Agency Tracking Number:
EB003326
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
LIGHTWAVE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
LIGHTWAVE ELECTRONICS CORP., 2400 CHARLESTON RD, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, 94043
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
THOMAS KANE
(650) 526-1224
TKANE@LWECORP.COM
Business Contact:
WILLIAM GROSSMAN
(650) 526-1248
WGROSSMAN@LWECORP.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to develop a light source having a spectrum that spans the visible wavelengths, with a beam quality similar to a laser. Our goal is to cover the wavelengths from 400 nm- 700 nm, with at least 1 mW in any 1 nm slice of the spectrum. The light source will be based on an inexpensive diode-pumped mode-locked laser, the output of which is spectrally broadened into a continuum by a highly nonlinear, single-mode, fused-silica fiber. The output of the fiber will be pulses of diffraction-limited white light, with a pulse repetition rate near 100 MHz. Such a high repetition rate is equivalent to continuous light for virtually all instrument applications. Such a source would have many laboratory uses, for example in fluorescence imaging. The spectrum of the proposed source could be filtered to obtain a laser-like beam at any desired visible wavelength. This flexibility would make fluorescence confocal microscopes much more powerful tools, since they could be used at any excitation wavelength.

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