Frequency Stabilized Laser for use in Microwave Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0064
Agency Tracking Number: D121-001-0006
Amount: $149,447.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: SB121-001
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
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5733 central ave, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 828719158
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Notcutt
 (303) 570-1806
Business Contact
 Mark Notcutt
Title: President
Phone: (303) 570-1806
Research Institution
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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