NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 13.07-7671

PROJECT TITLE : Lidar Systems for Atmospheric Measurements

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

This SBIR program will develop a new generation of highly compact lightweight solid-state lasers for space-borne lidar systems applications. The diode-pumped transmitters will employ oscillator-amplifier designs, with all stages pumped by high-power diode arrays. The oscillator stage will be designed to provide a single frequency output pulse with a duration between 5 and 50 ns. The amplifier stage will use conductively cooled Nd:YAG slab technology to increase the energy from the oscillator to over 500 mJ at the fundamental wavelength. The output of the transmitter will be frequency doubled, tripled or down-converted to the eye-safe infrared region. The laser developed will serve as the next-generation transmitter for NASA air- and space-borne lidar systems. The light weight, compact packaging, high efficiency and long life are ideally suited to NASA lidar transmitter requirements.
POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
Scientific laser system for frequency conversion, lidar transmitter source for remote sensing of atmospheric constituents and pollutants.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
ALAN D. HAYS,
Fibertek, Inc.,
510 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 22070
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
FIBERTEK, Inc.,
510 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, Virginia 22070