Ultrashort Pulse Quantum Dot Laser for Machining Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-029-0108
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T029
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
Mesa Photonics, LLC
174 Galisteo Lane, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
DUNS: 607619223
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Kane
 President
 (505) 401-5271
 djkane@mesaphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Daniel Kane
Title: President
Phone: (505) 401-5271
Email: djkane@mesaphotonics.com
Research Institution
 University of New Mexico
 Luke Lester
 CHTM
1313 Goddard SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
 (505) 272-7868
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Optical micromachining using ultrafast lasers (< 1 ps) is an emerging technology that can create high quality nanoscale structures though a variety of matter-light interactions. Commercial success requires the development of inexpensive ultrafast laser systems that can tune system parameters for changing feature scales and removal rates in real-time. This ability requires real-time changes in fluence, spot size, and position at high-speeds with high precision and accuracy. Technical challenges include the development of new laser systems more suited for micro-machining applications, the development of new beam delivery systems for beam size adjustment, and positioning systems that can easily move large distances with nanometer precision and accuracy. In this project, Mesa Photonics and the University of New Mexico will develop a new laser system based on quantum dot technology that will be able to tune repetition rates and pulse energy in real time. The Phase I effort will focus on demonstrating the feasibility of our new laser design. In Phase II, we will implement our laser design in an ultrafast laser-based machining system. BENEFIT: Better micromachining technology will lower costs of manufacturing of semiconductors and allow for the development of new metamaterials, sensors, photonic materials for both miltary and consumers markets. Medical applications including medical imaging are other applications.

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