Periodically Poled Materials for UV Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911NF-09-C-0127
Agency Tracking Number: A09A-008-0048
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09A-T008
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
2310 University Way, Building #1-1, Bozeman, MT, 59715
DUNS: 062674630
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tony Roberts
 Senior Laser Physicist
 (406) 522-0388
Business Contact
 Betsy Heckel
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Research Institution
 Montana State University
 Dale Huls
 PO Box 172470
309 Montana Hall
Bozeman, MT, 59717 2470
 (406) 994-2381
 Nonprofit college or university
Army quantum information researchers have an immediate need for improved stable, narrowband violet and UV laser sources with 10–100 mW output and 10 MHz–10 GHz tuning. These sources are required for numerous ion and atom qubits functions including photoionization, Doppler cooling, state initialization, and detection. The cost and complexity of currently available UV lasers hampers current efforts and impedes scale-up to systems with more qubits. Simple, compact, fiber-output sources based on single-pass nonlinear frequency conversion in periodically poled materials will reduce the time and money spent on lasers and create a path toward more sophisticated ion traps requiring larger numbers of UV sources. Periodically poled materials currently being developed offer a clear path to fulfill this goal through up-conversion of commercially available IR lasers. Under the proposed Phase I effort, AdvR will establish the feasibility of fabricating suitable periodically poled materials using newly available substrates with improved properties for UV generation.

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