Compact, Multipulse Agile Laser for Spectrochemical Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-06-C-0028
Award Id:
73864
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-028-3128
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Arieh Karger
Group Leader
(617) 926-1167
AKarger@RMDInc.com
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine
President
(617) 926-1167
gentine@rmdinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
High-energy, tunable, pulsed lasers are vital components in many state-of-the-art optical systems, including Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for standoff spectrochemical detection and analysis of explosives and other chemicals. In order to enhance the signal and improve repeatability, it is necessary to perform LIBS measurements in dual-pulse mode, with two short high-energy pulses with a variable delay. Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc., in collaboration with Dr. Chandra Khattak from Crystal systems, Inc., proposes to develop a novel laser system specifically suited for double-pulse LIBS experiments, based on a new gain medium and a unique Q-switched cavity to extract the pulses in the required fashion. The laser will deliver pulses of ~10 ns width and 50-200 mJ energies with pulse separation between 1 and 10 s. It will be wavelength agile and will also have the capability for wavelength tuning.

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