Compact, Low-Cost, Frequency-Locked Semiconductor Laser for Injection Seeding High Power Laser

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL05AA12C
Agency Tracking Number: 034385
Amount: $599,942.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: E1.02
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
910 Technology Blvd Suite K, Bozeman, MT, 59718-4012
Duns: 062674630
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregg Switzer
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 522-0388
Business Contact
 Philip Battle
Title: Vice President
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Research Institution
This NASA Small Business Innovative Research Phase II project will develop a compact, low-cost, wavelength locked seed laser for injection locking high powered Nd:YAG lasers used in a range of lidar remote sensing applications including molecular profiling of the atmosphere. Precise wavelength control of the seed laser will be achieved by actively locking the laser wavelength to an absorption line in molecular iodine. The key innovation in this SBIR effort is the use of nonlinear optical waveguides both to frequency modulate and to frequency double a portion of the seed laser beam to generate the appropriate optical signal for locking to the iodine absorption line. Using an all-waveguide based approach will result in a compact, robust package that will withstand temperature, shock, and vibration levels associated with NASA's airborne and space based remote sensing platforms.

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