Deep ultraviolet laser for Raman spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,985.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0276
Agency Tracking Number:
A11A-005-0088
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T005
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
NP Photonics, Inc.
UA Science and Technology Park, 9030 S. Rita Road, Suite #120, Tucson, AZ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
014750785
Principal Investigator:
Wei Shi
Principal Engineer
(520) 799-7413
wshi@npphotonics.com
Business Contact:
James Fountain
Director Contract Administration
(520) 799-7424
fountain@npphotonics.com
Research Institution:
University of Arizona
Sherry L Esham
PO Box 3308
888 N Euclid Ave Ste 510
Tucson, AZ, 85722-3308
(520) 626-6000
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
NP Photonics proposes to develop an ultra-stable, compact, and highly reliable deep ultraviolet (UV) laser source for Raman spectroscopy. For this, we will draw on NP Photonics"long experience with the commercialization of single-frequency fiber lasers and amplifiers. In cooperation with the University of Arizona, we offer two technical approaches to produce the deep UV laser source. (1) High power, ultra-stable and compact single-frequency fiber laser operating at 980 nm will be developed by using NP Photonics"highly Yb-doped phosphate fibers. Two successive frequency doublers will be used to convert the high power narrow linewidth 980 nm laser to 245 nm UV laser. (2) Ultra-stable and compact single-frequency all fiber-based laser around 480 nm will be demonstrated using a distributed Bragg reflector upconversion fiber laser consisting of a short length of thulium-doped fluoride glass fiber and two Bragg fiber gratings on small-core silica fibers. The 480 nm laser is then amplified by a triple-clad thulium-doped fluoride fiber amplifier. The 240 nm UV laser will be achieved through the frequency doubling of the high power 480 nm laser. The two technical approaches for developing a compact deep UV source will be evaluated in terms of efficiency, size, robustness, and stability.

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