EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET AND SOFT X-RAY INSTRUMENTATION FOR MICROCHARACTERIZATION OF MATERIALS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,550.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
325
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Altex Corp.
958 W. Willow St., Chicago, IL, 60614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Herbert Pummer
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A HIGH QUALITY, PICOSECOND EXCIMER LASER IS THE KEY ELEMENT IN SEVERAL HIGHLY PROMISING SCHEMES FOR THE GENERATION OF COHERENT HIGH SPECTRAL BRIGHTNESS RADIATION IN THE EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET AND SOFT X-RAY SPECTRAL REGIONS. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED PHASE I RESEARCH PROGRAM IS TO QUANTIFY THE KEY FACTORS WHICH DETERMINE PERFORMANCE, COMPLEXITY, AND COST OF SUCH AN EXCIMER LASER SYSTEM. THE PHASE I RESEARCH EFFORT WILL CENTER ON THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF THE GENERATION OF A HIGH QUALITY PICOSECOND SEED BEAM SUITABLE FOR AMPLIFICATION IN EXCIMER LASERS. SUCH SEED RADIATION CAN BE GENERATED EITHER BY FREQUENCY UP-CONVERSION OF A VISIBLE PULSE OR BY A FAST PULSE SLICING TECHNIQUE. IN BOTH SCHEMES, A DISTRIBUTED FEEDBACK DYE LASER (DFDL) IS EXPECTEDTO PLAY A DOMINANT ROLE. THEREFORE, IT IS PROPOSED TO DETERMINE THE TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL PULSE STRUCTURE OF EXCIMER LASER PUMPED DFDL'S WITH A TIME RESOLUTION < 10 PS. FURTHERMORE, THE EFFICIENCY OF DIFFERENT FREQUENCY CONVERSION SCHEMES AND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF VARIOUS PULSE SLICING TECHNIQUES WILL BE STUDIED. FINALLY, A FEASIBILITY COST STUDY FOR A COMMERCIAL PICOSECOND EXCIMER LASER SYSTEM SUITABLE FOR SHORT WAVELENGTH GENERATION WILL BE PERFORMED.

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