A DIODE LASER FREQUENCY STANDARD USING VELOCITY MODULATION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 21140
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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1570 Pacheco St #e-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr David Christian Hovde
 (505) 984-1322
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Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP A FREQUENCY STANDARD FOR THE URANIUM-STOMIC VAPOR LASER ISOTOPE SEPARATION (U-AVLIS) PROCESS USING A VISIBLE DIODE LASER LOCKED TO AN ATOMIC RESONANCE. A KEY FEATURE IS THE USE OF THE VELOCITY MODULATION METHOD TO PROVIDE A HIGH SIGNAL/NOISE LOCKING DISCRIMINANT WITHOUT THE NEED TO MODULATE THE LASER, AND WITH THE HIGH POWERS FOR SUB-DOPPLER EFFECTS. PHASE I WILL PRODUCE XENON IONS IN AN ALTERNATING CURRENT GLOW DISCHARGE TUBE OPERATED AT REDUCED PRESSURE TO PRODUCE A POSITIVE COLUMN REGION ABOUT ONE HALF METER LONG. THE ELECTRIC FIELD IS THIS PART OF THE DISCHARGE ACCELEATES THE IONS, CAUSING A SMALL DOPPLER MODULATION OF THEIR ABSORPTION FREQUENCIES. A PORTION OF THE DIODE LASER BEAM IS DIRECTED DOWN THE BORE OF THE DISCHARGE, THEN DETECTED WITH A PHOTODIODE. THE PHOTOCURRENT IS AMPLIFIEDAND DEMODULATED AT THE DISCHARGE FREQUENCY, PRODUCING A DERIVATIVE LINESHAPE THAT WILL BE USED TO LINE LOCK THE LASER BY ELECTRONIC FEEDBACK. THE EFFECTS OF PLASMA TEMPERATURE, PRESSURE, AND COMPOSITION ON THE DEMODULATED SIGNAL/NOISE RATIO AND CENTER FREQUENCY WILL BE EXAMINED.

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