Frequency Up-Conversion Detection System with Single Photon Sensitivity within 1-1.8¿m and 3-4 ¿m for ASCENDS Mission: A Novel Approach to Lidar

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB80C
Agency Tracking Number: 094121
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
PA, Center Valley, PA, 18034-8452
DUNS: 107973302
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yuliya Zotova
 Principal Investigator
 (484) 547-5375
 yzotova@hotmail.com
Business Contact
 Yuliya Zotova
Title: President
Phone: (484) 547-5375
Email: yzotova@hotmail.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
PI at ArkLight proposes to implement photon counting detectors at near-IR (1-1.8 microns) and mid-IR (3-4 microns) with single photon sensitivity based on frequency up-conversion during Phase 2, representing an innovative Lidar technology for ASCENDS mission. By working with Prof. Ding at Lehigh University, PI will explore fundamental limits to quantum efficiencies for up-conversion detection at 1.57 microns. She will implement, characterize, and optimize single up-conversion device capable of detecting 1.57 microns and 1.27 microns. She plans to achieve detections of CO2 and O2 using implemented up-conversion device. She will investigate fundamental limits to noises for up-conversion detections. She will compare among PPLN, PPKTP, and PPLT as up-conversion media. She will expand detection wavelengths to cover ranges of 1-1.8 microns and 3-4 microns. She plans to introduce novel techniques for improving performances of up-conversion devices. She will investigate versatility of up-conversion devices under harsh environments. To achieve all these objectives, she has laid out a detailed work plan describing all the specific tasks necessary. Through optimizations, she will achieve the quantum efficiency of 50%, dark count rate of 50 Hz, bandwidth of GHz, electrical consumption of<1 W, weight of<1 lb, and dimension of 7x4x4 (all in inches).

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