NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S1.01-9021
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: High-Power Tunable SeedLaser for Methane LIDAR Transmitter

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Princeton Lightwave, Inc.
2555 Route 130 South, Suite 1
Cranbury, NJ 08512 - 3509
(609) 495-2600

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Igor Kudryashov
2555 Route 130 South, Suite 1
Cranbury, NJ 08512 - 3509
(609) 495-2568

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Mark Itzler
2555 Route 130 South, Suite 1
Cranbury, NJ 08512 - 3509
(609) 495-2551

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Growing interest in precise measurements of methane concentration and distribution in the Earth's atmosphere is stimulating efforts to develop LIDAR systems in the spectral region of 1.65 ?m utilizing Path Differential Absorption techniques. The key element of such systems is a high energy optical source with good beam properties operating in the vicinity of a methane absorption line. A number of very promising architectures for designing high energy lasers at 1651 nm have been described recently, but the performance of the lasers developed in these earlier efforts has been limited by the lack of a sufficiently high-power tunable seed laser. For this SBIR Phase I program, we propose to develop a robust seed laser that is fiber-coupled, narrow linewidth, tunable, highly reliable, compact, and which ultimately will allow the realization of much higher performance high energy laser sources designed for methane detection.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Development of a new high power seed laser at 1651 nm will push the performance of LIDAR systems for methane detection to levels not currently possible, and it will allow for the deployment of significantly longer range systems with higher precision measurements of methane concentration and distribution in the Earth's atmosphere. This laser technology to be developed will also potentially provide new capabilities for measurements of other atmospheric constituents and the surface topography of the Earth and other planetary bodies anticipated for numerous NASA mission programs. A significant increase in laser seed power will lead to dramatic enhancements in the stability of operation for methane detection laser transmitters with consequent improvements in overall LIDAR system reliability. Moreover, the wide tuning range and higher efficiency of the proposed seed source can potentially replace several seed lasers that must be used at present for covering a wide spectral range. This simplification of the seed source will be important for missions in which size, weight, and power considerations are paramount. This laser will serve as an ideal source for LIDAR systems in the wavelength range near 1.65 μm and for active remote sensing optical instruments in general.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are a number of potential non-NASA commercial applications that will benefit from the development of a high-power tunable laser as proposed for this program. The detection of methane and other hydrocarbon gases is of critical importance in the energy industry, and laser sources developed for NASA systems will have direct relevance for related commercial requirements. As with NASA remote sensing applications, there are commercial applications for improved high power lasers in various types of lidar systems for measuring atmospheric properties such as wind and weather patterns, air pollution, and general trace gas analysis. High power laser sources are key elements of all range-finding and ladar systems and critically impact end system performance. The development of the proposed laser technology will serve broad applications in the bio-medical arena, with examples such as nerve and fertility stimulation. A wide portfolio of laser technologies are used for material treatment and processing. Most high power fiber lasers use seed lasers, and the seed laser proposed for development in this program will provide expanded process capability by increasing the performance of existing systems utilizing high power fiber lasers.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)

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