NASA SBIR 2019-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 19-1- S1.10-3876
 Atomic Interferometry
 Miniature Laser System for Yb Ion Clock
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
OEwaves, Inc.
465 North Halstead Street, Suite #140
Pasadena, CA 91107- 6016
(626) 351-4200

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Andrey Matsko
465 North Halstead Street, Suite #140 Pasadena, CA 91107 - 6016
(626) 351-4200

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Debra Coler
465 North Halstead Street, Suite #140 Pasadena, CA 91107 - 6016
(626) 351-4200
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

It is not feasible to produce a compact optical clock, small enough to fly on satellites, simply by reducing the size or packaging of current laboratory systems. New approaches and component technologies are needed to achieve such an objective.  Trapped ions systems used in optical space grade atomic clocks and navigation systems need mode-hop free compact ultrastable laser systems able to operate for years without power as well as frequency jumps. OEwaves Inc. offers to develop and demonstrate a compact diode laser system producing all the required wavelengths for operation of an Yb Ion Clocks. It will include 370 nm, 935 nm, 436 nm, and 760 nm lasers. The system will feature the properties required for long duration space applications. The system will be based on a semiconductor laser locked to monolithic microcavities using self-injection locking technique.

The objectives of Phase I of this SBIR project are to prepare a complete design of the compact laser system suitable for Yb ion clock. The design will be supported by numerical simulations as well as results of the earlier experiments. The design will include three major parts:

  • design a packaged compensated WGM resonator with compensation factor exceeding 100;
  • design a narrow-line 436 nm clock laser package based on the compensated resonator; the package should be characterized with 5x10-15 Allan deviation measured at 0.1-1s of averaging time.
  • design the compact laser system operating at 370 nm, 935 nm and 760 nm suitable for the Yb clock and using COTS parts wherever possible



Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Successful development of an ultra-compact, high performance LO enabling Yb+ optical clock with long-term stability of 10-16 clock will enable a diverse set of applications:  navigation, positioning, imaging, synchronization, and secure communications, both on the ground and in space, and will potentially also allow tests of fundamental physics, e.g. general relativity and the variability of the fine structure constant. An additional benefit, if not the primary driver, is to replace and improve upon the DSN hydrogen masers.



Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Non-NASA critical applications include global position systems (GPS) for military activities such as land, air and sea navigation and accurate positioning for a wide range of military operations. Also, the use of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) has reduced the search and rescue operations response times, increasing the survival chances of the wounded soldiers.

Duration: 6

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