A new THz-to-millimeter-wave source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-02-M-5421
Award Id:
58681
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0037
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1540 Nettleship Street, Suite 14, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107973302
Principal Investigator:
Wei Shi
Senior Optical Engineer
(501) 521-3934
shidawei@hotmail.com
Business Contact:
Yujie Ding
President
(501) 521-3934
yujied@hotmail.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
"This SBIR Phase I project focuses on the implementation of a new THz module that can emit coherent and tunable THz waves. Recently, coherent THz radiation was generated at room temperature by PI, with a tuning range of 56.8-1618 ¿m (5.27 - 0.18 THz), inGaSe based on difference-frequency generation. The peak THz power can be as high as 69.4 W at 196 ¿m. The corresponding photon conversion efficiency reaches 3.3%. The objectives for Phase I include optimized design and detailed testing of the THz module.This module consists of all the optics, opto-mechanical components with knobs for adjustments, a mounted GaSe crystal, and a GaAs etalon for THz wavelength measurements. This module can be initially pumped by two laser beams, e.g., Nd:YAG laser and MOPOsystem.Presently, electro-optic sampling becomes a widely-accepted technique in the THz domain. However, for some applications such as the identifications of substances by the absorption of THz waves, there is a critical need for the development of a coherentquasi-CW THz source. To be usable for this application, the THz radiation should have high coherence, a narrow linewidth, a high power, and a low divergence angle. Such a type of the instrument can be eventually used for target acquisition as well astracking and pointing. It also has applications in pollution monitoring, identifying toxic chemicals, remote sensing, molecular spectroscopy, bio-medical imaging, and security screening. I

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