Low Cost Stabilized Laser Diode System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Amount:
$89,985.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
SB1341-12-SE-0590
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
037-73-2012
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1721 Sterling Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28209-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
015282794
Principal Investigator:
Mahsa Farsad
(704) 352-1086
mahsa@ceebco.com
Business Contact:
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase 1 SBIR project aims to develop a frequency stabilized laser diode system suitable for application in optical metrology and in displacement measurement. The compact design of the semiconductor laser lends itself to many applications where a coherent light source is required, but space is at a premium. Some fields, such as precision optical metrology require a coherent light source whose frequency is stable to one part per million. The frequency of the laser diode is not inherently stable. A laser diode system which combines its compact size with a frequency stabilized output is a desirable product. We propose a feasibility study to investigate the use of two interferometers with different path imbalances to stabilize the output frequency of a laser diode to within one part per million By simultaneous use of two interferometers it is also possible to ensure that the frequency to which the laser is stabilized is unique, thus guaranteeing repeatability if the system is switched off and back on again.

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