LabCom V5 - Laboratoires communs organismes de recherche publics – PME/ETI

Stable light lab – Starlight+

Submission summary

Stable light sources find applications in many aspects of fundamental research (laser cooling, atomic clocks…), but also in an ever increasing number of real-world applications (LIDAR, holography, industrial instrumentation, high resolution spectroscopy for pollutant detection,….), where fine control of amplitude, frequency and phase is extremely important.

This proposal is for the creation of a joint laboratory between the LP2N laboratory of the Aquitaine Optical Institute and Azur Light Systems, an innovative company proposing fiber laser technology at new wavelengths. The principal aim of this joint laboratory is the creation of a new class of stabilized fiber lasers exhibiting unparalleled power, frequency stability and wavelength agility.

The scientific program of the new laboratory will be organized around three main research themes:

1. Research and development of new stable laser systems based on MOPA fiber architectures in the spectral range from 976 – 1120 nm.
2. Development of systems for laser stabilization and frequency control, optimized specifically for fiber laser architectures.
3. Development of new architectures for agile lasers systems suitable for precise frequency sweeping in the visible and Deep Ultra Violet spectral regions using optimized resonant frequency conversion schemes.

This new laboratory will be housed within the new state of the art Aquitaine Optical Institute. It will benefit from close proximity to the ALPhANOV technical center which represents a major resource for industrial transfer and also proximity to the Institute of Optics Graduate School, both of which are housed in the same building.

A parallel approach to the three main R&D themes will be implemented with an initial 3 year program.
The first year of the program will be dedicated principally to set-up and organization of the joint laboratory, the study of the fundamental properties in term of noise of optoelectronic seeding systems and applied to fiber amplifiers and the development of electronic and optical laser stabilization systems. The second and third years will deal with the development of ultra-stable and tunable laser systems and innovative frequency conversion architectures. Beyond this initial 3-year period, the joint laboratory will be evolved towards a permanent structure, via public and private financing of research, development and industrialization activities. While the initial 3 year period will concentrate on CW laser systems, many of the techniques developed will be largely applicable to high specification pulsed laser systems.

Project coordination

Giorgio SANTARELLI (Laboratoire Photonique, Numérique et Nanosciences (LP2N))

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.

Partner

IOGS (Institut d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée) Laboratoire Photonique, Numérique et Nanosciences (LP2N)

Help of the ANR 300,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: September 2014 - 36 Months

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