Long Wave Mid-Infrared Source for Trace Gas Sensing

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,995.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CB02C
Award Id:
77655
Agency Tracking Number:
053858
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11805 North Creek Parkway S., Suite 113, Bothell, WA, 98011
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
801518747
Principal Investigator:
Angus Henderson
Principal Investigator
(425) 482-1100
angus.henderson@aculight.com
Business Contact:
Dennis Lowenthal
VP of Research & Development
(425) 482-1100
dennis.lowenthal@aculight.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Tunable laser spectrometers are used by NASA for investigations of planetary atmospheric constituent gases. The availability of widely tunable long-wavelength (3 to 12?Ym) lasers operating at room temperature would allow such spectrometers to a wider range of gas species detection sensitivity increased by orders-of-magnitude relative to near-infrared lasers currently used in these applications. Aculight proposes to demonstrate a novel mid-infrared laser technology capable of room temperature operation at any wavelength between 2 and 17?Ym. We will demonstrate, for the first time, continuous wave optical parametric oscillation in the new nonlinear material, orientation-patterned Gallium Arsenide (OP-GaAs) and show that it can be pumped by low cost, compact fiber-based sources developed for the telecommunications industry.

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