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Continuous Wave Terahertz Source Photonic Band Engineering

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801-1040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Continuous Wave Terahertz Source Photonic Band Engineering
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F33615-02-M-4023
Award Amount: $69,730.00


"The terahertz (THz) wave region is an underutilized electromagnetic spectrum in which generation is difficult. The existing THz sources are generated either by large and expensive free electron laser or by pulsed optical radiations. There is an increasedneed for continuous THz wave source of high temporal and spatial coherence. The practical use of THz spectrum requires new laser technology that are also energy efficient and cost effective. Recent progress in photonic band gap engineering holds a promiseof realizing highly efficient coherent THz laser of most cost effective. Although there are several theories predicting efficient photonic band nonlinear optical generations of THz waves, such a feasibility demonstration has not been reported. In thisprogram, AGILTRON and Tufts University propose to demonstrate a continuous wave terahertz parametric oscillator directly pumped by a diode laser using photonic crystal as parametric gain medium. With the engineerable phase matching and enhanced high gainproperties available through photonic crystal, state-of-the-art cw terahertz wave laser is anticipated. The devices have a wide range of "dual use" applications in space communications and in active and passive imaging."

Principal Investigator:

Lei Zhang
Director of R&D

Business Contact:

Jing Zhao
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agiltron Corp.
20 Arbor Lane Winchester, MA 01890

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Tufts University
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA 02155
Contact: Theodore M. Liszczak
Contact Phone: (617) 627-3417
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university