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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$699,725.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX13CG05C
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
115610
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Small Business Information
Princeton Lightwave, Inc.
NJ, Cranbury, NJ, 08512-3509
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
170161595
Principal Investigator
 Igor Kudryashov
 Principal Investigator
 (609) 495-2568
 ikudryashov@princetonlightwave.com
Business Contact
 Mark Itzler
Title: Business Official
Phone: (609) 495-2551
Email: mitzler@princetonlightwave.com
Research Institution
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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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