Compact, Turnable Diode Laser for Water-Vapor Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: SB1341-02-W-1021
Agency Tracking Number: 7.12.05
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics
P.O. Box 315, Lyons, CO, 80540
Duns: 112697136
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike Anderson
 (303) 823-9229
Business Contact
 Mike Anderson
Title: President
Phone: () -
Research Institution
Stable tunable diode lasers suitable for industrial environments are cost prohibitive. Lower-cost systems suffer from unstable wavelength behavior and mode hopping requiring operation by highly-trained personnel. The development of low cost, compact and robust tunable diode lasers is required for the transition of diode-laser spectroscopy from the laboratory to the marketplace. We will develop a compact, external-cavity stabilization system which will employ independent control over the cavity optical path length and a wavelength-selective element. The system will quasi-continuously tune over the entire laser diode gain profile in 10 nm-20 nm continuous tuning intervals. The final package for a Phase 2 prototype could be the size of a deck of cards. In Phase 1 we will assemble a demonstration system on an optical breadboard. In Phase 2 a fully integrated device will be developed with a tuning range centered at 1380 nm for water-vapor spectroscopy.

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