NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 S1.01-9879
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar and Laser System Components
PROPOSAL TITLE: Frequency Up-Conversion Detection System with Single Photon Sensitivity within 1-1.8 µm and 3-4 µm for ASCENDS Mission: A Novel Approach to Lidar

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
3210 N. Bay Hill Drive
Center Valley, PA 18034 - 8452
(484) 547-5375

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Yuliya Zotova
3210 N. Bay Hill Drive
Center Valley, PA 18034 - 8452
(484) 547-5375

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
PI at ArkLight proposes a novel approach to photon counting detectors at near-IR (1-1.8 µm) and mid-IR (3-4 µm) with single photon sensitivity, representing an innovative Lidar technology for ASCENDS mission. She will convert the input signals at 1.27 µm and 1.57 µm to those at 579 nm and 634 nm, respectively, within a periodically-poled LiNbO3 wafer, pumped by a Nd:YAG laser at 1.064 µm or a 200-mW InGaAs laser at 980 nm. The anticipated results for Phase 1 include demonstrations of efficient frequency up-conversion from 1.27 µm and 1.57 µm to 579 nm and 634 nm, determination of fundamental limits to noise equivalent powers, performance of the proposed detection system after optimizations, a final design of an ultra-compact detection system after considering e.g. an intracavity configuration, and reports. Beginning/end (Phase 1): TRL 1/3.
The anticipated results for Phase 2 include implementation and testing of the ultra-compact detection system, measurement and analysis of noise equivalent powers and photon sensitivities, expansion of detection wavelengths to 1-1.8 µm and 3-4 µm, feasibility analysis of single-photon sensitivity, design, implementation, and testing of a battery-powered, cell-phone-sized, and integrable detection system with single photon sensitivity being achieved, to be tested in space-based platforms, and reports.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Active sensing of O2 and CO2 levels (ASCENDS mission);
Diagnosis of infrared luminous galaxies.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Medical diagnostics;
Molecular spectroscopy;
Missile countermeasure;
Detections of explosives.

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Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Biomolecular Sensors
Mission Training
Optical & Photonic Materials
Semi-Conductors/Solid State Device Materials
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation

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