NASA SBIR 01-1 Solicitation

FORM 9B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: E1.02-8818 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 013181 )
PROPOSAL TITLE:
A switchable holographic circle to point converter for use in LIDAR receivers

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
A solid state air-gap Fabry-Perot is configured in tandem with a switchable holographic optic element established by holographic polymer liquid crystal dispersion. This switchable element is the innovative centerpiece to be fabricated during Phase I research. By stacking these tuning elements, one per wavelength channel, any discrete channel within the operating range (which can include multiple orders) of a Fabry-Perot etalon can be selected for transmission to any receiver in a LIDAR or spectroscopy system. Additional spectral elements can be selected simultaneously or a channel may be switched in milliseconds. The device can thus isolate hundreds of channels across the tunable range of a tunable laser or LIDAR transmitter. These capabilities are accomplished with no moving parts, and with a significant cost advantage over competing technologies.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
This innovative device provides all the benefits of a solid etalon combined with all the advantages of a tunable etalon. This device has applications in LIDAR, atmospheric sensing, planetary exploration and possibly wavelength division multiplexing. In production the TIROC device will cost less then a single tunable etalon system.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
John Noto
Scientific Solutions Inc.
55 Middlesex Street
Chelmsford , MA   01863 - 1561

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Scientific Solutions Inc.
55 Middlesex Street
Chelmsford , MA   01863 - 1561


Form Printed on 06-19-01 15:44