NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.01-8427
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: 780 nm Single-Frequency Laser Source for High Spectral Resolution Lidar

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
NP Photonics, Inc.
9030 South Rita Road
Tucson, AZ 85747 - 9102
(520) 799-7400

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Xiushan Zhu
9030 S Rita Rd
Tucson, AZ 85747 - 9102
(520) 799-7470

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Linda Schadler
9030 South Rita Road
Tucson, AZ 85747 - 9102
(520) 405-9826

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

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)
High energy narrow-linewidth and frequency stable laser transmitter at 780 nm is in great demand for the development of low-cost, compact, and eye-safe high spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) for accurate aerosol and cloud profiling and distinguishing among different aerosol types. NP Photonics proposes to develop a 780 nm laser source capable of generating 20 mJ nanosecond pulses at a repetition rate of 10 kHz with wavelength tunability > 0.5 nm by use of our proprietary and mature highly doped short-length fiber amplifier technology and innovative Innoslab amplifier technology. The advantages of our proposed laser system include high reliability, narrow-linewidth, super stability, high spectral purity, robustness and compactness.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
High energy single-frequency laser source at 780 nm can be used for next generation high spectral resolution lidar to accurately characterize and discriminate aerosol type and significantly improve both measurement retrievals and modeling on climate. Compact and robust single-frequency lasers at 780 nm can also be used by NASA for airborne and spaceborne laser cooling and manipulation of Rubidium, which has been extensively used in atomic vapor based instruments for sensing and metrology.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A 780 nm single-frequency laser can be locked to the transition of Rubidium to be a very stable secondary frequency reference (rubidium oscillator) for maintaining frequency accuracy in cell site transmitters and other electronic transmitting, networking and test equipment. Single-frequency fiber lasers at 780 nm can also be used for atomic interferometer, optical communications, atomic clock, GPS-free navigation, oil exploration, and mine detection. In addition, the 780 nm single-frequency lasers can be frequency doubled to produce high stability and narrow-linewidth UV lasers that have found applications in Raman spectroscopy, laser cooling and trapping, laser inspection, optical data storage, biomedical applications, and maskless laser lithography.

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.)
Lasers (Measuring/Sensing)

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