Waveguide Phase Modulator for Integrated Planar Lightwave Circuits in KTP

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,984.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNL07AA96P
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
066182
Solicitation Topic Code:
S6.02
Small Business Information
ADVR, Inc
2310 University Way, Building #1, Bozeman, MT, 59715-6500
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
062674630
Principal Investigator
 Shirley McNeil
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 522-0388
 mcneil@advr-inc.com
Business Contact
 Betsy Heckel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Email: heckel@advr-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I effort proposes the development of a potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) waveguide phase modulator for future integration into a Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) used for high spectral resolution aerosol and cloud lidar applications. The PLC is a monolithic substrate that integrates key optical and electro-optical components. These individual components are currently used to lock a seed laser and high power host laser to an iodine absorption line. This technology is important for lidar systems requiring high frequency stability and accuracy. The PLC concept advances NASA's lidar systems due to its compact, efficient, and reliable design, thus enabling use on small aircraft and satellites. The key objective in this SBIR proposal is to establish the feasibility of fabricating a low-voltage, 250MHz waveguide phase modulator in KTP that can support moderate optical powers at 532nm. A baseline PLC design will be presented that will incorporate the phase modulator. The focus of the Phase II effort will be to fabricate a PLC with integrated phase modulator based on this Phase I study.

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