Active frequency stabilized laser systems for high performance defense applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-05-C-0157
Agency Tracking Number: B041-020-0928
Amount: $749,739.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-020
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
31948 Frontage Road, Bozeman, MT, 59715
DUNS: 364000711
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Cole
 Research Scientist
 (406) 922-0334
Business Contact
 Ralph Hutcheson
Title: President
Phone: (406) 585-3772
Research Institution
Highly frequency stable optical oscillators are a critical component in coherent detection systems, such as those utilized in range resolved Doppler imaging ladar and advanced photonic signal processing systems. The deployment of highly coherent master optical oscillators becomes increasingly complex in high vibration environments typical of aircraft and space vehicles. The objective of this SBIR effort is to develop a highly coherent diode laser system, based on active frequency stabilization to spatial-spectral (S2) sensor materials. These S2 sensors, manufactured by our company, provide ultra-narrow (~ 1 kHz ) solid state frequency references that are immune to external vibrations. In Phase I, computer based modeling tools for stabilizing a master oscillator to these S2 sensors were developed and their performance predictions were verified through experimental proof-of-concept demonstrations. During the Phase II effort, we will build and test a prototype, designed to meet specific MDA system needs. Work includes implementation of a digital servo control unit developed during Phase I and long term frequency stability circuit development for improved performance.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government