Compact Light-Weight Mid-IR Laser for Environmental, Pollution, and Industrial Sensing

Period of Performance: 08/25/1995 - 05/25/1996

$98.8K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Infrared Components Corp.
2306 Bleecker Street
Utica, NY 13501
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
Institution POC

Abstract

The objective of the project is to develop a Mid IR Semiconductor Laser Assembly (MIR/SLA) that can be used as a compact reliable "hands-off" transmitter for Laser-Based sensors. A Mid IR Semiconductor diode laser, fabricated to operate in the 3.3 to 3.5 micron region, will be integrated with a Stirling Cycle Cryocooler, and an External Cavity Tuner to yield a minimum of two laser wavelengths. The latter are the basis for Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) to carry out remote detection of the target species, such as low weight alkanes. The External Cavity Tuner will be designed so that it can be operated electronically in a true "hands-off" manner. The design of the total package will be geared to rugged, reliable operation that lends itself to low cost manufacture. A breadboard of the design approach will be assembled and tested to verify concept feasibility.