NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S6.06-7513
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Passive Infrared - Sub Millimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE:Solid-state phase-lockable 1-2THz local-oscillator based on intra-cavity frequency conversion

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
AGILTRON CORPORATION
15 Cabot Road
WOBURN ,MA 01801 - 1003
(781) 935 - 1200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jack   Salerno
jsalerno@agiltron.com
15 Cabot Road
Woburn, MA  01801 -1003
(781) 935 - 1200

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
This proposal provides a breakthrough solution to realize a compact THz local-oscillator, which is phase-lockable and can tune 1-2 THz with flat output power in excess of 100 mW. The innovation is based on high efficiency intra-cavity difference frequency generation. A dual cavity optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is designed to generate two phase-locked optical beams with orthogonal polarizations, which share an EO crystal inside the OPO cavity for THz generation. The frequency difference of the two optical wavelengths can be tuned by changing the phase matching condition of either one of the sub-OPOs. The package size of the local oscillator can be designed smaller than 50x40x20 cm3. The power consumption is <20 W. In Phase I, the feasibility will be demonstrated in a prototype and the system design will be optimized. A fully functional phase-lockable THz local-oscillator with unprecedented performance is anticipated in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Advanced solid-state, compact, low consumption phase-lockable 1-2THz local-oscillator source plays an important role in space communication and research, in particular for heterodyne receiver system laboratory testing and development.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The proposed technology offers a unique solution for an innovative phase-lockable 1-2 THz local-oscillator that is practical for space research and communication. Its phase-lock capability and wide tuning range provide capability for pumping a heterodyne mixer.

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