Wavelength Stabilized High Brightness Direct Diode Pumps for Solid State LIDAR Systems at Eye-Safe Wavelengths

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,562.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09RA24C
Award Id:
88113
Agency Tracking Number:
075573
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5408 NE 88th Street, Building E, Vancouver, WA, 98665
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799811646
Principal Investigator:
KirkPrice
Principal Investigator
(360) 521-6107
kirk.price@nlight.net
Business Contact:
DanMilewski
Senior Financial Analyst
(360) 713-4479
dan.milewski@nlight.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Our proposed innovation is to design and fabricate a diode pumped Er:YAG micro-chip laser capable of varied repetition rates and high pulse energies using the single emitter-based high brightness pump developed in the Phase I. Future NASA missions will require high-pulse power with variable repetition rate flash and scanning LIDAR systems. Such LIDAR systems offer the advantages of excellent spatial resolution, high efficiency, and high beam quality. We propose to design and fabricate a resonantly pumped, passively Q-switched Er:YAG laser for eye-safe wavelength operation. We will incorporate the Er:YAG crystal and saturable absorber into the pump module, creating a compact, robust, and efficient Q-switched solid-state microchip laser. The development of long wavelength, high power, highly efficient, fiber coupled pump modules will be continued. The basic pump unit, known as Pearl, has already proven itself robust in rigorous environmental testing. The performance of these devices will be enhanced by the addition of volume Bragg gratings (VBGs) for improved temperature stability and narrowed spectral line width for enhanced pump absorption. The development of these fiber coupled pump modules will be of great use to NASA for the pumping of future Er:YAG and Er-doped fiber laser systems, enabling high pulse energy eye-safe LIDAR systems.

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