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Company Information:

Name: Princeton Lightwave, Inc.
Address: 2555 Route 130 South, Suite 1
Cranbury, NJ
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (609) 495-2558

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,507,957.00 16
SBIR Phase II $5,606,596.00 8
STTR Phase I $399,873.00 4

Award List:

Highly Efficient, Power-Scalable Long-Wavelength Diode Laser Pumps for Eye-Safe Solid-State Laser Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dmitri Garbuzov, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,558.00
Abstract:
For this SBIR program, Princeton Lightwave Inc. proposes the development of 1530 nm InGaAsP/InP laser diode pump arrays with powers in excess of 50 W from 1-cm bars with the potential for scalability to a two-dimensional bar stack format without limitation in the number of one-dimensional array… More

Low-Noise Avalanche Photodiodes for Midwave Infrared (2 to 5 um) Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF TEXAS
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $99,898.00
RI Contact: Joe C. Campbell
Abstract:
In this program, we will develop room-temperature avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for midwave infrared (MWIR) applications. The internal gain of APDs results in significant improvements in optical receiver sensitivity, and APDs have been widely used for telecommunications receivers with… More

Avalanche Photodiodes for Enhanced Photon Counting Performance at 1.5 um

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $74,828.00
Abstract:
APDs offer tremendous potential for the numerous applications in which photon densities are extremely low and the ability to count single photons is essential. Researchers have recently found that the optimization of InP-based APDs for counting photons may require innovative design approaches that… More

High-performance LWIR InAs/InGaSb Superlattice Photodetectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Chief Technical Officer
Award Amount: $99,654.00
Abstract:
In this program, we propose to develop high-performance long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) photodetectors based on InAs/In(x)Ga(1-x)Sb Type II superlattice structures. The use of bandgap engineering approaches to control quantum confinement and strain effects allows for wide tunability of the… More

Highly Efficient, Power-Scalable Long-Wavelength Diode Laser Pumps for Eye-Safe Solid-State Laser Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dmitri Garbuzov, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $729,191.00
Abstract:
For Phase II of this program, Princeton Lightwave Inc. proposes to develop high power 1470 nm InGaAsP/InP diode laser arrays and stacks with dramatic improvements relative to the current state-of-the-art performance for threshold, differential efficiency, and wall-plug efficiency. These lasers will… More

High Performance Avalanche Photodiodes for Photon Counting at 1064 nm

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,528.00
Abstract:
The need for higher performance fiber optic telecommunications receivers has provided the impetus for substantial progress during the last decade in the understanding and performance of InP-based linear mode avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for the wavelength range from 1.0 to 1.7 um. However, these… More

High Performance Avalanche Photodiodes for Photon Counting at 1064 nm

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark K. Itzler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,444.00
Abstract:
The need for higher performance fiber optic telecommunications receivers has provided the impetus for substantial progress during the last decade in the understanding and performance of InP-based linear mode avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for the wavelength range from 1.0 to 1.7 um. However, these… More

Eyesafe laser diode arrays for resonant pumping of Er-doped gain media optimized for cryogenically cooled operation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Igor Kudryashov, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,417.00
Abstract:
Growing interest to high power lasers in the eye-safe spectral domain has initiated a wave of activity in developing solid-state lasers based on Er3+-doped materials. Impressive results have been demonstrated in resonantly pumped Er:YAG based lasers. Cryogenic cooling of the laser crystal has… More

SBIR Phase I: A novel SWIR/MWIR monolithic electro-optical sensor for manportable applications for day/night surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Bora Onat, PhD
Award Amount: $99,935.00
Abstract:
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project seeks to develop a novel electro-optical day/night vision sensor for man-portable surveillance applications. The proposed solid-state… More

Laser Diodes for Eye-Safe LADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Igor Kudryashov, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,933.00
Abstract:
Fiber coupled pump source is solicited with a desired power of 50W into a 300 micron fiber core, spectral stability at 1470nm or 1532nm, and a line width smaller than 0.5nm. We present several concepts to be studied to develop this pump laser based on our existing design capabilities and experience.… More

InP-based Single Photon Detectors with Active Negative Feedback

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, CTO
Award Amount: $98,854.00
Abstract:
From the perspective of performance, reliability, and cost, the most practical photodetector available today with single photon sensitivity between 1.0 and 1.6 ?m is the InGaAs/InP single photon avalanche diode (SPAD). However, even the best InP-based SPADs have photon counting rate limitations of… More

Disruptive techniques for hybridization of focal plane arrays for optical imaging sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Sabbir Rangwala, VP Product Development
Award Amount: $96,987.00
Abstract:
Optical imaging sensors are a critical technology for the warfighter. These sensors operate across the entire wavelength spectrum. They have been deployed across all military platforms especially ground vehicles, aircraft, and satellites. A key issue in increasing image resolution and lowering… More

NFAD Arrays for Single Photon Optical Communications at 1.5 um

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
For this program, we propose to develop large pixel-count single photon counting detector arrays suitable for deployment in spacecraft terminal receivers supporting long-range laser communication systems at 1.5 um. To surmount the present obstacles to higher photon counting rate -- as well as the… More

InP-based Single Photon Detectors with Active Negative Feedback

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Chief Technical Officer – (609) 495-2551
Award Amount: $749,764.00
Abstract:
From the perspective of performance, reliability, and cost, the most practical photodetector available today with single photon sensitivity between 1.0 and 1.6 m is the InGaAs/InP single photon avalanche diode (SPAD). However, even the best InP-based SPADs generally have photon counting rates… More

Disruptive techniques for hybridization of focal plane arrays for optical imaging sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Sabbir Rangwala, Vice President – (609) 495-2554
Award Amount: $749,681.00
Abstract:
This work is focused toward developing disruptive hybdrization techniques for imaging focal plane arrays in which the optical detector material system is different from the silicon material used for processing, amplifying and reading out the opto-electronic signals. In these cases, the detector… More

Eyesafe laser diode arrays for resonant pumping of Er-doped gain media optimized for cryogenically cooled operation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Igor Kudryashov, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $729,049.00
Abstract:
Growing interest in high-power lasers in the eye-safe spectral domain has instigated the development of solid-state lasers based on Er(3+)-doped materials. Impressive results have been demonstrated in resonantly pumped lasers based on Er:YAG crystals, and cryogenic cooling of the laser crystal has… More

A Unique Energy Transfer Up Conversion Laser Based on Rare Earth Doped Media

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Igor Kudryashov, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $79,757.00
Abstract:
Growing interest in high power and efficient lasers in the 20,300 cm-1 to 21,800 cm-1 region has emerged for numerous underwater applications due to the high transmission in this spectrum. Applications include underwater range finding, underwater surveillance from airborne platforms and ship to ship… More

NFAD Arrays for Single Photon Optical Communications at 1.5 um

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,796.00
Abstract:
For this program, we propose to develop large pixel-count single photon counting detector arrays suitable for deployment in spacecraft terminal receivers supporting long-range laser communication systems at 1.5 um. To surmount the present obstacles to higher photon counting rate -- as well as the… More

Extended Wavelength InP Based Avalanche Diodes for MWIR Response

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Bora M. Onat, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Archie Holmes
Abstract:
For this NASA STTR program, we propose to develop a novel superlattice-based near infrared to midwave infrared avalanche photodetector (APD) grown on InP substrates for single photon counting applications at high operating temperatures on the order of 200K accessible using thermoelectric coolers.… More

GHz-range photon counting with single-photon avalanche photodiodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Chief Technical Officer – (609) 495-2551
Award Amount: $99,980.00
RI Contact: Joe C. Campbell
Abstract:
In the past few years, there have been promising demonstrations of new approaches to short-gate (i.e., sub-nanosecond) operation of single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) with gating frequencies as high as 2 GHz. However, these demonstrations have had limitations, including operation at just a… More

MWIR lasers using Type II quantum well active regions on InP substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: Igor Kudryashov, Principal Scientist – (609) 495-2600
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Archie Holmes
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose to develop modeling and initial concept feasibility demonstration for MWIR lasers that span the 2.4-4 um wavelength span. The laser active region design is based on a novel quantum well design that is grown on InP substrates. The laser will leverage our team's recent… More

Low Cost/Low Phase Noise Laser Source for Interferometer Hydrophone Sensor Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ketan Patel, Principal Engineer – (609) 495-2552
Award Amount: $79,736.00
Abstract:
A low cost, low noise, narrow linewidth, high power laser is proposed using semiconductor laser and scalable manufacturing technologies. The underlying technology is an external cavity laser leveraging existing materials and processes developed for the telecommunication industry. The target… More

Single-photon negative feedback APD focal plane array with 2.2 um cutoff wavelength

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Itzler, Cheif Technical Officer – (609) 495-2551
Award Amount: $149,891.00
Abstract:
For this SBIR program, we propose to demonstrate a solid state short-wave infrared (SWIR) detector technology with true single photon sensitivity with a cutoff wavelength of at least 2.2 um suitable for integration into large-format focal plane arrays (FPAs). Array pixel designs will include… More

Low-Noise Analog APDs with Impact Ionization Engineering and Negative Feedback

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xudong Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,956.00
Abstract:
Future NASA LIDAR missions require low noise and large area photodetectors operated at short-wave infrared (SWIR) wavelengths. Silicon avalanche photodiodes have very low responsivity for wavelength longer than 1.1 um; and while InP-based APDs have high responsivity in the SWIR region, they exhibit… More

Efficient in-band diode-pumped Q-switched solid state laser for methane detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Igor Kudryashov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,969.00
Abstract:
Growing interest in precise measurements of methane concentration and distribution in the Earth's atmosphere is stimulating efforts to develop LIDAR systems in the spectral region of 1.65 um utilizing Path Differential Absorption techniques. The key element of such systems is a high energy… More

Wafer-level Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Micro-Camera

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Mark Owens, Senior Staff Engineer – (609) 495-2578
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) imaging has significant advantages over image intensifiers for low light level applications. Although the low light level performance with SWIR imagers has moved towards parity with image intensifiers, widespread deployment has not been possible because of severe SWaP and… More

Efficient In-band Diode-pumped Q-switched Solid State Laser for Methane Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Igor Kudryashov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $699,725.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop an efficient, tunable Q-switched SSL operating at a wavelength of 1651 nm with pulse energy>1 mJ at 2000 Hz repetition rate with in-band laser diode pumping. We will leverage initial work carried out during Phase I of this program to pursue two approaches: (i) a tunable… More

Single-photon negative feedback APD focal plane array with 2.2 um cutoff wavelength

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Xudong Jiang, Principal Scientist – (609) 495-2584
Award Amount: $749,946.00
Abstract:
Princeton Lightwave proposes to develop a solid state short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) detector technology with true single photon sensitivity and a cutoff wavelength beyond 2.2 um. Both single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) and negative feedback avalanche diodes (NFADs) will be fabricated. These… More