NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 E1.02-9072
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing
PROPOSAL TITLE: Compact fiber lasers for coherent LIDAR

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Orbits lightwave, inc.
101 Waverly Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105-2513
(626)795-0667

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
yaakov Shevy
yshevy@orbitslightwave.com
101 Waverly Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105-2513
(626)795-0667

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
This is a proposal to investigate the feasibility of developing a low cost, compact, lightweight, high power (>500m W) and narrow linewidth 1.5 and 1.06 micron fiber lasers based on a "virtual ring" laser cavity. We have already demonstrated "virtual ring" laser prototypes at 1.5 micron that push the performance envelope to unprecedented levels in a number of important parameters but with powers below 40 mW. In this research will increase the laser oscillator power to (>100 mw) and also boost it with a MOPA section. We will also investigate the feasibility of exending the virtual ring technology to the 1.06 micron band.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Coherent laser radar (LIDAR) use heterodyne detection by mixing the laser light scattered from a remote target with a reference local coherent laser oscillator. This technique offers high sensitivity as well as providing detailed phase and velocity information important for many current and future NASA missions. These include: velocimetry, wind sensing and aerosol particle size distribution. In addition, coherent lasers are important for deep space and inter-satellite communications systems especially at 1.06 ?m.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
We have already sampled mederate power "virtual ring" laser prototypes for potential defense applications. These include acoustic sensor system important for homeland defense. This application benefits from the low phase noise, low RIN and the outstanding frequency stability of the Ethernal laser. This and other applications can benefit from further R&D of our base-line technology. In addition, a high power Ethernal laser system can be importtant for coherent free space communications. LIDAR sytems are also needed commercially for measurement of wind speed and vortices.