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Millimeter-wave Optical Dense Multiplexing (MODM)

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2002 / SBIR
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12777 High Bluff Drive San Diego, CA 92130
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Millimeter-wave Optical Dense Multiplexing (MODM)
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: DAAH0102CR186
Award Amount: $98,948.00


"The demand for broadband communications continues to proliferate throughout both the military and commercial sectors. Configurations employing wireless links between platforms represent one subset of the communications space, and fill the need wherehardwired connections are impractical. Because of the spectral congestion within the lower frequency bands, exploitation of the millimeter wave (mm-wave) band is of great interest. At the same time, the use of mm-wave carriers enables the transmission ofhigh-data-rate information. Photera Technologies, in partnership with the University of California, San Diego, proposes a photonic mm-wave modulator/demodulator system which promises to meet these demands. Aptly named, Millimeter-wave Optical DenseMultiplexing (MODM), this technology marries a low-phase-noise photonic mm-wave generator with an opto-electronic mixer to provide the backbone of a broadband wireless communications network. The resulting high-purity generation of mm-wave signals willyield efficient modulation formats and encoding techniques while simultaneously providing densely multiplexed configurations in a spectrally efficient architecture. The development of the MODM technology will have a profound impact on the military andcommercial marketplaces. This technology will result in the union of several advantageous technologies; namely, WDM, low-noise photonic mm-wave generation, spectrally-efficient modulation (eg. PSK), secu

Principal Investigator:

Eric Takeuchi
Senior Staff Scientist

Business Contact:

Susan H. Rodgers
Business Manager
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Photera Technologies
12777 High Bluff Drive San Diego, CA 92130

EIN/Tax ID: 593622660
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No