Fiber MOPA for Ascends

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$124,988.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX13CL41P
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
124664
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
VA, Herndon, VA, 20171-4603
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
107940207
Principal Investigator
 Wei Lu
 Engineer III
 (703) 471-7671
 wlu@fibertek.com
Business Contact
 Larry Johns
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Email: ljohns@fibertek.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
CO2 sensing using absorption bands near 1570nm is very attractive by taking advantage of the mature fiber-amplifier technology derived from fiber-optic telecom heritage. This necessitates sufficient power scaling in 1.5 micrometer fiber-amplifiers, either in the pulsed-mode, or in the cw-mode for modulation spectroscopy.In this SBIR program we propose the design, optimization, experimental evaluation and prototype development of a high-power,high wall-plug efficiency, 1571.1 nm fiber-amplifier laser transmitter, compatible with multi-line cw intensity-modulated integrated-path differential absorption spectroscopy, with the size, weight and power (SWaP) optimized for airborne and eventual space-qualifiable roadmap for ASCENDS mission. We leverage innovations in high-power 1.5 micrometer fiber-optic technology and fiber-amplifier architecture, while using high-reliability 1.5 micrometer silica-fiber based passive/active components. Our expectation is that at the end of Phase 2, a TRL-6 level hardware can be developed and delivered for an airborne mission, and which is also compatible with a space-flight maturation roadmap.

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