Ultra Narrowband Optical Parametric Oscillator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36237
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aculight Corp.
40 Lake Bellevue, Ste. 100, Bellevue, WA, 98005
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey W. Pierce
 (206) 451-9558
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Presently there are no broadly tenable, narrow linewidth souces that operate throughout the mid-infrared (mid-IR) region of the spectrum, from 1 to 5 microns. Traditional sources have very low spectral brightness (low power per unit spectral bandwidth). This proposal describes a novel approach to produce a source with very high spectral brightness, tunable over the range of 1.1 to 4.3 microns. This source is an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped directly by a single frequency laser diode. The technical approach to this device has a number of ;novel features. It uses the new nonlinear material periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN). It also uses a total internal reflection resonator, removing the limitations of coating bandwidth. The availability of improved pump sources, higher quality non-linear material, and improved cavity control techniques make development of this source possible.The OPO will be designed, assembled, tested and characterized on this Phase I program. The result of the Phase I program will be a thorough understanding of the properties of the device, and the requirements for frequency stabilization of the output.

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