NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.01-7369
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Blue Laser Based on Frequency-Quadrupled Tm:Lu2O3

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Aqwest, LLC
8276 Eagle Road
Larkspur, CO 80118 - 8224
(303) 681-0456

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
John Vetrovec
jvetrovec@aqwest.com
8276 Eagle Road
Larkspur, CO 80118 - 8224
(303) 681-0456 Extension :16

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
John Vetrovec
jvetrovec@aqwest.com
8276 Eagle Road
Larkspur, CO 80118 - 8224
(303) 681-0456 Extension :16

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Aqwest proposes to develop a novel, compact and rugged high-peak power blue laser in the 0.45-0.49 m range. The innovative blue laser is based on a frequency-quadrupling of 1.9-μm laser output from ceramic Tm:Lu2O3, a novel high-performance solid-state laser (SSL) material that is new becoming commercially available. The project will adapt our novel and highly successful edge-pumped disk laser / multi-passed amplifier architecture we developed for the US Army, Navy, and the Department of Energy (DOE).

In Phase I, we will use our existing suite of Tm laser models to determine the feasibility of the subject blue laser and identify preferred operating regimes. We will also fabricate a composite Tm:Lu2O3 laser disk using the ceramic material now being produced for Aqwest, and laser test it under relevant condition in our existing test bed to characterize performance at 1.9-μm wavelength. In Phase II, we will develop and demonstrate a full-scale blue laser prototype.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1. Laser bathymetry using the blue output
2. Remote sensing of the 532-nm water absorption line
3. Remote sensing of CO2 using the Tm:Lu2O3 output tuned to 2.05 micron
4. Supplanting of Tm:YAG and Tm:YLF lasers in lidar transmitters in future remote sensing applications on air and space platforms

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1. Eye-safer laser material processing (supplanting traditional 1-micron lasers)
2. Welding of transparent plastics (especially in automotive applications)
3. Remote sensing, lidar
4. Laser bathymetry
5. Medical surgery
6. Dentistry

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Ceramics
Lasers (Communication)
Lasers (Cutting & Welding)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Lasers (Machining/Materials Processing)
Lasers (Measuring/Sensing)
Lasers (Surgical)
Lasers (Weapons)
Materials & Structures (including Optoelectronics)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)

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