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Coherent Optical Transceiver using Circular Polarization-Based Balanced Mixing

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95350
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095548
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Coherent Optical Transceiver using Circular Polarization-Based Balanced Mixing
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CC89P
Award Amount: $98,809.00
 

Abstract:

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) proposes to use its electro-optic component and subsystem expertise to transition a patented heterodyne detection scheme previously conceived by BNS for LIDAR to application in satellite based laser communications. The proposed effort will leverage past and present contracts in free space optical communication and space qualification of components. The proposed transceiver, which can be demonstrated with COTS components, is independent of platform orientation and path length differences. In addition BNS will investigate replacing the transceiver's conventional crystal modulator with a low voltage polymer electro-optic modulator. The proposed work plan entails demonstration of the path length and orientation insensitivity of the detection scheme as well as implementation of an electro-optic polymer based modulator for 1550 nm laser radiation. In addition to the proof of principle demonstration, Boulder Nonlinear Systems proposes to perform a design study to determine the size, weight and power of the transceiver subsystem and develop a road map for space qualification of the technology. A follow-on Phase II effort would result in a prototype laser communication subsystem with potential for satellite based application.

Principal Investigator:

Jay Stockley
Principal Investigator
3036040077
JSTOCKLEY@BNONLINEAR.COM

Business Contact:

Mark Tanner
Business Official
3036040077
MTANNER@BNONLINEAR.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 841118066
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No