NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 S4.01-9723
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Science Instruments for Conducting Solar System Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: Fiber-based Ultraviolet Laser System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Aculight Corporation
11805 North Creek Parkway S. Suite 113
Bothell, WA 98011-8803
(425)482-1100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
David C. Gerstenberger
daveg@aculight.com
11805 N. Creek Pkwy S., Ste. 113
Bothell, WA 98011-8803
(425)482-1100

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The purpose of this program is to develop a compact and efficient ultraviolet laser system for use in space-based uv-Raman instruments. The basis for this system will be a modulated diode seed laser followed by a fiber amplifier which is frequency-quadrupled to generate uv light at 245nm. The unique combination of a compact and efficient fiber amplifier with efficient harmonic generation will provide an ideal ultraviolet source for NASA missions in the Solar System.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Fiber lasers and amplifiers have the potential to enable a number of NASA space-based programs. Fiber lasers in the 1 micron range are useful for optical communications. Frequency-tripled lasers in the 300nm to 320nm range can be used for ozone Lidar applications.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Frequency-doubled fiber lasers in the 490nm range can be used for display applications and in bio-medical instruments such as cell sorters, flow cytometers, and DNA sequencers. Frequency-tripled lasers in the 327nm range can be used for stereo-lithography and materials processing such as micro-machining. Frequency-quadrupled fiber-based systems near 245nm can be used for detection of chemical and biological agents.