Compact 2 Micron Seed Laser

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,796.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNL06AA11C
Agency Tracking Number:
041025
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
E1.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
9030 S. Rita Road, Tucson, AZ, 85747-9102
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
014750785
Principal Investigator:
Shibin Jiang
Principal Investigator
(520) 799-7407
jiang@npphotonics.com
Business Contact:
James Fountain
Business Official
(520) 799-7424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposal is for the development of innovative compact, high power and extremely reliable 2 micron seed laser using newly developed Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers, which exhibit high quantum efficiency. This type of fiber based seed laser is needed for constructing high energy pulsed 2 micron Ho-doped crystal lasers for LIDAR applications. The single frequency fiber laser, which will be developed as part of the seed laser, is needed for building coherent laser Radar for space exploration program. We propose to use highly Tm3+ doped germanate glass fibers with high gain per unit length to form a short linear cavity to generate single frequency fiber laser operation. Germanate glass exhibits lower phonon energy compared to silica glass, increasing the quantum efficiency of 3F4 level of Tm3+ ions. Importantly, Tm3+ can be highly doped into germanate glasses, which results in so called cross-relaxation, dramatically improving the gain per unit length and the quantum efficiency. The single frequency fiber laser will be used to construct seed lasers by integrating with controlling electronics.

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