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SBIR Phase I:Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) corner cube retroreflectors

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84595
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0637514
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Microscale, Inc.
800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3350 Woburn, MA 01801-2736
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I:Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) corner cube retroreflectors
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0637514
Award Amount: $99,828.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I research project will develop a novel MEMS corner cube retroreflector (CCR), for optical communications. The innovation lies in the convergence of a MEMS modulating technology with the concept of corner cube retroreflector creating a new type of optical devices for passive data links and object identifications. A system level CCR integration, in combination with proof-of-concept laboratory verification methods, will be adopted to identify the most promising design of the proposed MEMS modulating retroreflector. The innovation enables an optical ID tag that can be triggered for passive and remote optical data transfer. If successful the outcome of this proposed activity will generate low cost, low power, integrated and compact CCR devices, ultimately leading to portable deployment of the CCR devices with satisfactory reliability, durability, along with sufficient ruggedness and endurance. Its applications include but not limited to: data nodes for distributed sensor networks, optical ID and data links for optical communication networks, vehicle monitoring at toll booth and inventory management, aiding surveillance and rescue operations in remote areas (e.g. at sea), environmental monitoring at remote areas or at high altitudes (e.g. gas line monitoring, structural health monitoring, etc.). Besides the commercial applications, MEMS modulating CCR technologies will potentially find important entries into military fields, with applications including identify-friend-or-foe interrogation, sniper identification and location, ad-hoc mesh networks, air-to-ground links, and unmanned autonomous vehicle monitoring, to name a few.

Principal Investigator:

Xing-tao N. Wu
PhD
7819952245
wu@microscaleinc.com

Business Contact:

Xing-tao N. Wu
PhD
7819952245
wu@microscaleinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Microscale, Inc.
800 West Cummings Park Suite#3350 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 020760702
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No