Laser Sources for Methane and Ozone Sensing for Earth Observation Science

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$834,033.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX13CL04C
Agency Tracking Number:
114194
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
VA, Herndon, VA, 20171-4603
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107940207
Principal Investigator:
Timothy Shuman
Principal Investigator
(703) 471-7671
tshuman@fibertek.com
Business Contact:
Tracy Perinis
Business Official
(703) 471-7671
tperinis@fibertek.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This Phase II program will build and deliver a tunable single-frequency laser operating in the 1.645 micron region on optimum CH4 absorption line features. Under this program an all-solid-state parametric-converted laser will be delivered to NASA LaRC which will be suitable for acquiring range-resolved and column CH4 measurements, and compatible with integration into an airborne methane DIAL system under future programs. Due to its relative insensitivity to aerosol and cloud interferences, a DIAL system based on this pulsed laser source will be ideal for NASA investigating high-latitude CH4 releases over polar ice sheets, permafrost regions, wetlands and over open ocean during night and day. In addition the methane lidar system has commercial applications in detection of fossil fuel leaks. This development advances the laser system TRL from 3 to 5. The proposed laser is designed to be compatible with manned or UAV platforms and traceable to space=based instruments.

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