Efficient In-band Diode-pumped Q-switched Solid State Laser for Methane Detection

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$699,725.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX13CG05C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
115610
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NJ, Cranbury, NJ, 08512-3509
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
170161595
Principal Investigator:
Igor Kudryashov
Principal Investigator
(609) 495-2568
ikudryashov@princetonlightwave.com
Business Contact:
Mark Itzler
Business Official
(609) 495-2551
mitzler@princetonlightwave.com
Research Institute:
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Abstract
We propose to develop an efficient, tunable Q-switched SSL operating at a wavelength of 1651 nm with pulse energy>1 mJ at 2000 Hz repetition rate with in-band laser diode pumping. We will leverage initial work carried out during Phase I of this program to pursue two approaches: (i) a tunable injection-seeded Q-switched SSL, and (ii) a regenerative power amplifier. In Phase I, we investigated a variety of gallium garnet gain media?including comprehensive characterization of absorption and fluorescence spectra?and we have identified the most promising prospective crystals for 1651 nm emission. We have also demonstrated sufficient tunability to enable differential path LIDAR techniques for the detection of methane.

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