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Field Portable, Low Cost, Fiber-Optic Reflectometer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75081
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-021-1736
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Freedom Photonics LLC
90 Arnold Place Suite D Santa Barbara, CA 93117-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Field Portable, Low Cost, Fiber-Optic Reflectometer
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-05-C-0293
Award Amount: $79,906.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to study the feasibility of a highly portable, inexpensive, photonic integrated circuit(PIC) based reflectometer that uses PICs packaged with ruggedized telecom techniques. The proposed reflectometer will be designed around a photonic engine module that contains 2 integrated widely-tunable lasers/transmitters on a single chip, based on the Sampled-Grating DBR laser, and additional reflectometer functions realized on another PIC chip. Both chips will be in the same module, separated by an optical isolator. Particular advantage of the proposed solution is its versatility, allowing different measurement techniques to be implemented with the same hardware. 2 tunable transmitters and the unique reflectometer PIC design allow for direct detection and coherent OTDR approaches to be implemented, as well as different frequency-modulated continuous wave techniques (CFMCW). We believe that these CFMCW techniques could provide a better overall solution to the problem with higher sensitivity and dynamic range. Comparison of the OTDR/CFMCW approaches will be performed in the Phase I of the project. Finally, the solution proposed will be compatible with the fiber optic transceiver built-in-test strategies. The tunable lasers to be part of the reflectometer photonic module could contain optical modulators and would be fully capable of high performance data transmission.

Principal Investigator:

Jonathon Barton
President
8056802176
jbarton@freedomphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Milan Mashanovitch
Director of Technical Development
8056858240
mmashanovitch@freedomphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FREEDOM PHOTONICS LLC
65 Willow Springs Lane Suite 204 Goleta, CA 93117

EIN/Tax ID: 202578468
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No