Frequency Stabilized Laser for use in Microwave Generation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$149,447.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-12-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number:
D121-001-0006
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB121-001
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Boulder Precision E-O
5733 central ave, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
828719158
Principal Investigator:
Mark Notcutt
President
(303) 570-1806
mnotcutt@gmail.com
Business Contact:
Mark Notcutt
President
(303) 570-1806
mnotcutt@gmail.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
We construct a frequency stabilized laser which will generate 10 GHz microwaves with Phase noise -100 dBC/Hz at 1 Hz, or equivalently, an optical frequency with an Allan Deviation of 8e-16 and a drift rate of<1 Hz/s. This is achieved with a silicon reference cavity (for short-term stability) which is disciplined at long times with a lock to a saturated absorption feature in an acetylene line. The molecular reference will discipline the drift of the locked laser to give the required phase noise at 1 Hz in a wide range of environments.

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