NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-2 S1.01-9781
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar System Components
PROPOSAL TITLE: A High Reliability Frequency Stabilized Semiconductor Laser Source

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Princeton Optronics, Inc.
1 Electronics Drive
Mercerville, DE 08619 - 2054
(609) 584-9696

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
L.S.Watkins Princeton Optronics
1 Electronics Drive
Mercerville, NJ 08619 - 2054
(609) 584-9696

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 7

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Ultrastable, narrow linewidth, high reliability MOPA sources are needed for high performance LIDARs in NASA for, wind speed measurement, surface topography and earth and planetary atmosphere composition measurements. Princeton Optronics is developing a MOPA laser source for these applications.
Phase I experiments concluded that the optimum approach will use a DPSS microchip laser with the SOA. This would provide a MOPA source with narrow linewidth, <10kHz, and an output power of 1W.
The Phase II program would develop the MOPA laser technology and build prototypes for testing in NASA. These prototypes would be ready for final engineering test and manufacture.
The microchip laser will be upgraded to incorporate our patented noise reduction technology to suppress RIN. This reduces noise >55dB in our Telecom tunable lasers. This would provide a seed laser with 1kHz linewidth, low RIN and >10mW power.
The SOA designed in Phase I would be developed for 1W output power in the 1550nm band. Filtering will be incorporated to minimize noise and linewidth broadening. Bench experiments will be performed to determine optical configuration for the final rugged package design.
Packaged prototypes will be built and tested. Final prototypes will be built and available to NASA laboratory for testing.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The NASA applications include (the NASA applications are from Dr Farzin Amzajerdian)
1) Coherent Doppler LIDAR systems:
Global measurements of atmospheric winds for weather forecasting and climate research, windshear and wake vortex detection for aircraft, and ground velocity and range for landing vehicles. Once the product is developed, a significant number of the products would be required by NASA.
2) Differential Absorption LIDAR:
Measuring CO2 concentration for climate research and pollution control
Once the product is space qualified, we could expect a need from NASA.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Princeton Optronics has been selling products into the commercial market for the last 10 years. PRO products include low noise tunable laser products as well as VCSEL devices and arrays. There is a large market for narrow linewidth, stable lasers for commercial applications which include atomic spectroscopy, interferometry for oil exploration, LIDARs, magnetometers for military application, analog and coherent communications, etc. PRO will commercialize this product once it is developed from this SBIR. Low noise and stable lasers have a market of $50M.
Princeton Optronics is in a very good position to commercialize the products through their manufacturing and sales organization. Princeton Optronics has raised $30M from venture capital and is in a position to manufacture and sell this product very efficiently. PRO has a strong manufacturing operation and a strong sales team as well as a national and international distribution network to take advantage of the market demand.

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