Efficient Ultraviolet Laser for Raman Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43RR018008-01A1
Agency Tracking Number:
RR018008
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ACULIGHT CORPORATION
ACULIGHT CORPORATION, 11805 NORTH CREEK PWY S, STE 113, BOTHELL, WA, 98011
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DAVID GERSTENBERGER
(425) 482-1100
DAVEG@ACULIGHT.COM
Business Contact:
DENNIS LOWENTHAL
(425) 482-1100
DENNIS.LOWENTHAL@ACULIGHT.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Ultraviolet Resonance Raman Spectroscopy is a powerful technique for detection, identification, and study of a number of chemical and biological species relevant to public health, such as carcinogens and biological warfare agents. The purpose of this SBIR research program is to develop a compact, efficient, and inexpensive ultraviolet laser to facilitate widespread use of ultraviolet resonance Raman spectroscopy. Phase I of this SBIR program will demonstrate the feasibility of a diode-pumped continuous-wave 236nm solid-state laser. The 236nm ultraviolet light will be generated by frequency-quadrupling the 946nm output of a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser. An intracavity frequency-doubled laser will generate 473nm light and a second optical resonator will convert the 473nm light to 236nm. This final non-linear step will be carried out in a non-critically phase matched crystal to maximize conversion efficiency. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of the concept and provide experimental data to optimize the overall system. Phase II will produce a compact 100 mW 236nm ultraviolet laser system for use in a Raman spectrometer. Successful completion of Phase II will enable inexpensive and portable spectrometer systems and enable their use in medical applications, remote detection of chemical and biological materials, and a variety of industrial applications.

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