New Lidar Laser Configuration for Earth Science Measurements

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$749,740.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX12CB04C
Agency Tracking Number:
100069
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
T4.01
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
VA, Herndon, VA, 20171-4603
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107940207
Principal Investigator
 Youming Chen
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 471-7671
 ychen@fibertek.com
Business Contact
 Larry Johns
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Email: ljohns@fibertek.com
Research Institution
 University of Maryland, Baltimore County
 Christina Stanger
 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD, 21250-21250
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 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
In this STTR Phase 1 program, Fibertek successfully developed and demonstrated a breadboard version of a pulsed fiber laser capable of high-spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) measurements. This was installed in the Lidar Lab. at the Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore county (UMBC). Lidar integration, calibration and validation was successfully performed, leading to the demonstration of direct backscatter measurements up to 10km atmospheric height, and HSRL measurement of the atmospheric boundary layer aerosol. Such measurements compared very well to the co-located lidar measurements conducted via the ELF and MPLNET lidar systems.For the STTR Phase 2 program, Fibertek and UMBC propose to mature this technology platform, to develop, test, deliver and demonstrate a completed standalone HSRL lidar system capable continuos lidar measurement. The HSRL lidar transmitter sub-system can be also used for airborne HSRL missions, and the design is both power-scalable and compatible with a qualification roadmap, for future space-based HSRL missions.

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