Compact Quantum Dot Mode-Locked Lasers for Arbitrary Waveform Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-1418
Agency Tracking Number: F071-237-3229
Amount: $749,983.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-237
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
450 South Lake Jessup Avenue, Oviedo, FL, 32765
DUNS: 786242094
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sabine Freisem
 (407) 929-6675
Business Contact
 Sabine Freisem
Title: President
Phone: (407) 929-6675
Research Institution
The proposed Phase II effort will extend the Phase I results to use new quantum dot laser diode designs based on increased cavity size and low internal optical loss to increase pulse energy over existing demonstrations. An integrated optical amplifier will be developed based on the same quantum dot gain material for further power increase. Submount packaging will be developed for efficient heat sinking and separate electrical contacting of the gain, absorber, and amplifier stages. The increased pulse energy and high repetition rate of the short optical pulses are important for compact, reliable, and low cost laser sources in military and commercial lidar applications. Eye-safe wavelength operation will be explored using new quantum dot growth techniques to extend the emission wavelength into the 1.55 µm range. Industrial applications of the technology include frequency doubling for displays, medical imaging, tissue modification, and optical clocks.

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