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Compact, Rugged, and Low-Cost Wavelength-Versatile Burst Laser

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0050
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4987
Amount: $376,036.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T009
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-04-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-04-18
Small Business Information
17540 Cumana Terrace
San Diego, CA -
United States
DUNS: 963401737
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Harry Rieger
 (858) 674-5644
Business Contact
 Harry Rieger
Title: Owner
Phone: (858) 674-5644
Research Institution
 University of Vermont
 Dryver Huston
217 Waterman Building 85 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405-0160
United States

 (802) 656-1922
 Nonprofit College or University

Current of the shelf commercial laser systems that are used for LIBS and other optical detection techniques are too costly, large, low performance and unreliable. The reason for it is because commercial laser systems are designed for continuous operation. Only one or few laser pulses are needed for detection, therefore, low cost burst lasers with the proper parameters are needed. Burst mode operation requires low power, therefore small size, and if properly designed it can be significantly simplified while delivering high performance. The objective of this proposal is to design and construct three burst laser prototypes based on Phase I that are low cost, very compact, high performance, and very reliable for field testing by the Army. In Phase I we have demonstrated a high performance breadboard burst laser with the required parameters and concluded with a conceptual design the feasibility to meet the cost, size and weight. In Phase II we will design and construct first prototype and ensure full satisfaction of its performance, perform minor modifications if necessary, and then construct the remaining two prototype lasers. We have full confidence that we will meet all of our goals based on the performance we obtained in Phase I.

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