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Company Information:

Company Name: Photonic Systems, Inc.
City: Billerica
State: MA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (978) 670-4990

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,352,341.00 30
SBIR Phase II $9,722,383.00 15
STTR Phase I $439,304.00 5

Award List:

ACOUSTO-OPTIC PROCESSOR FOR SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Todd r bader
Award Amount: $64,048.00
Abstract:
Processing of sar data in real time requires high speed computation devices currently beyond the state-of-the-art of conventional methods. desired processors must also be small, rugged and low power to be deployed on aircraft. optical techniques can satisfy these requirements with imaginative… More

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE ACOUSTO-OPTIC BRAGG CELL TRANSDUCER DESIGN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Pape
Award Amount: $65,883.00

WIDEBAND ACOUSTO-OPTIC SPECTROMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Pape
Award Amount: $49,817.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a highly stable 1 ghz bandwidth, 1 mhzresolution, 50 db dynamic range acousto-optic spectrometer packaged to meet spaceborne environmental and lifetime requirements. the current development of wideband acousto-optic spectrometers (or rf channelizers) is driven by airborne… More

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE ACOUSTO-OPTIC BRAGG CELL TRANSDUCER DESIGN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Pape
Award Amount: $325,000.00
Abstract:
Optical technology is capable of performing computationally intensive signal processing functions such as fourier transormation, correlation, and ambiguity function calculation, in real-time at speeds much faster than that offered by digital or other analog processing technologies. despite recent… More

WIDEBAND MULTI-CHANNEL ACOUSTO-OPTIC SPECTROMETER FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dennis R. Pape , President
Award Amount: $49,867.00

WIDEBAND MULTI-CHANNEL ACOUSTO-OPTIC SPECTROMETER FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dennis R. Pape , President
Award Amount: $484,652.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a compact, rugged 4-channel acousto-optic spectrometer for radio astronomy signal processing applications. the spectrometer employs a multi-channel bragg cell that utilizes a special acoustic mode in gallium phosphide that allows multiple channels to be fabricated on a single… More

DMD IR BACKGROUND SCENE GENERATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Papa , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $55,025.00

OPTICAL LIGHT DETECTION AND RANGING TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION PROCESSOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Pape
Award Amount: $800,000.00
Abstract:
Light detection and ranging (lidar) technology provides a powerful means of imaging spaceborne objects using inverse synthetic aperture radar (isar) range resolve tomographic reconstruction processing techniques. these isar techniques, however, become ineffective when the object is only viewed for a… More

A 1 GHZ, 256-CHANNEL, LOW-POWER, SINGLE-CHIP, CMOS DIGITAL CORRELATOR SPECTROMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis R. Pape
Award Amount: $49,526.00

ADVANCED SIGNAL WAVEFORM CLASSIFIER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Pape
Award Amount: $55,000.00

DMD IR BACKGROUND SCENE GENERATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Papa , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $497,906.00
Abstract:
Effective ground testing of long-wavelength infrared (lwir) proximity fuses requires a system capable of generating realistic ia scenes in the 8-12 micron region of the electromagnetic spectrum. in order to accurately develop and evaluate devices under test the scene gen$ration system must simulate… More

FLEXIBLE DETECTION AND POSTPROCESSING MODULE FOR OPTICAL PROCESSING SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James A Carter
Award Amount: $54,030.00
Abstract:
The practical limit of optical processor technology ultimately relates to the detection and subsequent electronic interpretation process. Optical source and modulation components are capable of much higher throughput and dynamic range than the detector and postprocessing electronics. Detectors and… More

Analog Optical Vector-Matrix Computer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James A. Carter III
Award Amount: $47,550.00

Simultaneous, Electronically Variable, Multi-Spectral Imaging System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Manhar L. Shah
Award Amount: $49,968.00

Simultaneous, Electronically Variable, Multi-Spectral Imaging System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Manhar L. Shah
Award Amount: $494,743.00

A 1 GHZ, 256-CHANNEL, LOW-POWER, SINGLE-CHIP, CMOS DIGITAL CORRELATOR SPECTROMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis R. Pape
Award Amount: $491,700.00

ADVANCED SIGNAL WAVEFORM CLASSIFIER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dennis R Pape
Award Amount: $712,660.00
Abstract:
The rapidly changing military signal environment has reduced the probability of detecting and correctly identifying signal emitters with conventional signal analysis techniques. Increasingly complex waveforms covering large spectral band-widths are now being used. In addition, the number of active… More

Optoelectronic Multifunction Signal Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis R. Pape
Award Amount: $69,370.00
Abstract:
Future naval systems will reduce the number of separate shipboard and airborne antennas by sharing sensor, receiver, and signal processing resources. A robust signal processor, capable of handling a multi- tude of signal processing functions over a wide instantaneous signal bandwidth is needed. We… More

Photonically Controlled True-Time-Delay Wideband Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis R. Pape
Award Amount: $69,372.00
Abstract:
The next generation Navy radar systems will require shared active phased array antennas (PAA). PAAs offer many advantages including steering without physical movement, accurate beam pointing, increased scan exiility in two dimensions, precise PAA element phase and amp etude control to obtain low… More

Multispectral Mid Infared Low Observable object Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ty Olmstead
Award Amount: $73,559.00
Abstract:
Low observable targets, such as sea skimming and terrain skimming missiles are presently hard to detect on an air based platform. Filter wheel technology causes significant problems in real time processing of the spectral information because of issues such as pixel miss alignment. This problem… More

Advanced Signal Identification (ID) Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Wasilousky
Award Amount: $69,311.00
Abstract:
Present shipboard requirements for electronic support (ES) systems must combine the ability to provide a high degree of threat detectability (good sensitivity), with the ability to correlate the increased level of AOA and spectral information, and produce specific emitter identification (SEI) of … More

Optical Delay Line Correlator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Wasilousky
Award Amount: $68,391.00
Abstract:
In order to fully realize the processing gain of many modern radar systems employing coherent processing of phase coded transmissions, the received waveform and the reference waveform processed in the receiver correlator must be identical. Unfortunately, phase distortions in the transmitted… More

VXIbus Wide Bandwidth Real-Time Power Spectrum Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis Pape
Award Amount: $97,816.00
Abstract:
PSI will develop a new real-time parallel filter bank type spectrum analyzer which overcomes the restricted real-time bandwidth available with digital signal processing technology. PSI's wide bandwidth spectrum analyzer is implemented with proven acousto-optic (AO) signal processing technology… More

Photonically Controlled True-Time-Delay Wideband Phased Array Antenna Controller using Wavelength Division Multiplexing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dennis Pape
Award Amount: $68,780.00

Cascade Laser for RF Photonic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Charles Cox
Award Amount: $98,995.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Dennis Pape
Award Amount: $748,649.00

Cascade Laser for RF Photonic Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Edward Ackerman
Award Amount: $747,923.00

Photonic Cross Connect Switch for True Time Delay Beam Steering (BMDO/02-211B--Optical Devices)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Cox, III, President
Award Amount: $69,987.00
Abstract:
"Ballistic missile defense relies upon the deployment of radars that are designed for wideband or multi-band operation to support the following required functions: Accurate target tracking; Object discrimination and classification; Countermeasuresmitigation, and; Nuclear and natural environment… More

Photonic Cross Connect Switch for True Time Delay Beam Steering (BMDO/02-211B--Optical Devices)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Cox III, President
Award Amount: $945,937.00
Abstract:
We propose to design, verify via simulation, and test experimentally, a new photonic true time delay (TTD) beamformer. Phase I results showed that this beamformer offers dramatic improvement in power, size, and weight-all of which are important for futureMDA missions requiring forward deployment of… More

Innovative Antenna Front End with High T/R Isolation over a Wide RF Band

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Rod Waterhouse, Principal Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $99,023.00
Abstract:
Advanced MDA phased array antennas will require fractional bandwidths of at least 10:1, e.g. 2 - 20 GHz. The relatively low return loss of broad bandwidth antenna elements, typically < 15 dB, means that ~1/10 of transmit signal leaks into the receive path; for a 100 W transmit signal, this means… More

A Novel Photonic T/R Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Cox, President
Award Amount: $99,941.00
Abstract:
Future MDA missions will require greater bandwidth and flexibility from their phased array antennas. One of the bottlenecks in present antenna systems is the transmit-receive (T/R) module. The limited bandwidth (

Integration and Range Test of a Photonic Beamformer with Photonic Antenna Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Nan M. Froberg, Senior staff engineer
Award Amount: $742,430.00
Abstract:
PSI has recently demonstrated two photonic subsystems: a novel T/R photonic antenna module and a photonic true time delay (PTTD) beamformer. We propose the fabrication, integration and test of these subsystems via a phased antenna array range demonstration in which the test system is comprised of a… More

Photonic Circuits for Broadband, High Dynamic Range Analog RF Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Principal Investigator: Gary E. Betts, Principal Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $69,925.00
RI Contact: Paul Yu
Abstract:
This proposal describes a linear modulation/demodulation architecture to impart analog photonic links with high dynamic range in wide instantaneous bandwidths, making them suitable for insertion into the RF systems on naval aircraft. This revolutionary architecture is projected to impart a… More

Multiband Array Radiators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward Ackerman, VP of Research and Development
Award Amount: $99,952.00
Abstract:
A single antenna covering a narrowband (~5%) portion of the RF spectrum around center frequencies of 11, 15, 20, 30, and 44 GHz would be required in the next generation of airborne communication systems being developed for war fighters. Another challenge comes from the required dual linear and/or… More

Precision Navigation Grade Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) with Noise Reduced Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William K. Burns, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This work will lead to the demonstration of a navigation grade gyroscope with improved performance achieved through a novel high output intensity, noise reduced optical source. The source, which will be defined in Phase I, will make use of wavelength stable Er doped fiber seed and amplifier stages,… More

Photonic Flash Analog-to-Digital Converter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: U. OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Principal Investigator: Gary E. Betts, Senior Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $99,822.00
RI Contact: Bahram Jalali
Abstract:
This proposal describes a new design for a photonic analog-to-digital converter, based on using different wavelengths to encode different voltage levels of an arbitrary input electrical signal. The quantization to electrical bits is accomplished using the flash architecture where many 1-bit… More

Broadband Si-on-LiNbO3 Modulator with Low Insertion Loss and High Slope Efficiency

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gary E. Betts, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
A novel broad-bandwidth modulator is proposed that has the potential for achieving low switching voltage in conjunction with low optical insertion loss. This is in stark contrast to conventional modulator designs that typically offer lower switching voltage only at the expense of higher insertion… More

Smaller RF-Photonic Circuits and Interconnections for Radar Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gary E. Betts, Distinguished Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $99,849.00
Abstract:
A novel broad bandwidth modulator is proposed that has the potential for reducing link size by a factor of 75 and link dc power by a factor of 50. The novel modulator will also permit more environmentally robust packaging than has been possible with conventional electro-optic modulators. Finally… More

Reconfigurable Materials for Photonic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of California, San Diego
Principal Investigator: Gary E. Betts, Prinicipal Staff Member
Award Amount: $99,954.00
RI Contact: Paul Yu
Abstract:
The Air Force has expressed a need for reconfigurable cellular electronic and photonic arrays and their great potential in enabling the direct implementation of complex systems as software-defined emulations, configuring pre-built logic, and other optical processing or transmission functions. Our… More

Precision Navigation Grade Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) with Noise Reduced Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William K. Burns, Distinguished Staff Engin
Award Amount: $745,078.00
Abstract:
In Phase II of this SBIR program, Photonic Systems, Inc. (PSI) will demonstrate a navigation-grade gyroscope with improved performance enabled by a novel high-output-intensity, noise-reduced optical source. The source, which is being demonstrated in Phase I of this program, makes use of a… More

Smaller RF-Photonic Circuits and Interconnections for Radar Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gary E. Betts, Principal Staff Member
Award Amount: $999,820.00
Abstract:
In Phase I of this program, Photonic Systems, Inc. began development of a novel broad-bandwidth modulator that has the potential to reduce analog photonic link hardware size by a factor of 75 and the required dc power by a factor of 50. The novel modulator will also permit more environmentally… More

Optical External and Intrinsic Fiber Cooler for GaN Microwave Amplifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: John Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Gary Betts, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,982.00
RI Contact: Cheryl-Lee Howard
Abstract:
In this STTR program, Photonic Systems Inc. and Prof. Jacob Khurgin at Johns Hopkins University propose novel optical external and internal fiber cooling approaches to efficiently cool the high power GaN microwave amplifier. The external cooler is a single end, square-shape, Yb:ZLAN fiber with high… More

Ultrafast Hybrid Active Materials and Devices for Compact RF Photonics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Southern California
Principal Investigator: Gary Betts, Senior Staff Engineer
Award Amount: $99,621.00
RI Contact: William H. Steier
Abstract:
In this project, we propose to use the radiation-assisted poling technique to enhance the electro-optic coefficient of a polymer that we will integrate within a silicon nano-slot waveguide. The electro-optic coefficient in the slot is expected to improve to nearly its optimal value that it exhibits… More

Hardware-Compressive Photonic Multi-Beam Receive-Only Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Edward Ackerman, VP, Research and Development – (978) 670-4990
Award Amount: $99,954.00
Abstract:
Users of phased arrays with large numbers of elements (e.g., 40,000 to 400,000) wish to have the capability of steering multiple beams simultaneously and to maximize the array bandwidth and dynamic range. Optical fiber"s light weight, small size, and immunity to electromagnetic interference… More

High-power Interference Canceller with Optional Self-generated Reference

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Cox, III, President&CEO – (978) 670-4990
Award Amount: $148,044.00
Abstract:
PSI proposes a new signal interference cancellation technique, which can be integrated into existing SIGINT receiver systems, that permits signal detection and processing in the presence of high-power cosite interferes, which may be transmitting at the same time and/or on the same/nearby frequencies… More

Full-Spectrum RF-over-Fiber Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gary Betts, Distinguished Technical S – (760) 839-8211
Award Amount: $79,969.00
Abstract:
RF signals on submarines and ships are presently carried by coaxial cables and metal waveguides. These require a separate cable for each RF signal, which results in many cables as well as significant installation cost of new equipment. The RF cables and waveguides network must be customized to the… More

Fully Scalable Power-Efficient Electronic Digitizer Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gary Betts, Distinguished Technical S – (760) 839-8211
Award Amount: $149,752.00
Abstract:
Photonic Systems, Inc. (PSI) and GMR Research & Technology (GMR) propose a novel combination of electronic and photonic hardware together with digital processing software that implements an ultra-wideband, power-efficient, high-performance analog-to-digital converter (ADC). This unique… More

Electromagnetic-Attack-Resistant Modulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gary Betts, Distinguished Member of T – (978) 670-4990
Award Amount: $79,568.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop an electro-optic modulator that can withstand electromagnetic attacks (EMAs) in all their forms: nuclear electromagnetic pulse, high-power microwave, and ultra-wideband. The modulator is a modified form of our state-of-the-art… More

Fully Scalable Power-Efficient Electronic Digitizer Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Gary Betts, Distinguished Member of T – (978) 670-4990
Award Amount: $493,718.00
Abstract:
During Phase I of this SBIR program, Photonic Systems, Inc. (PSI) and Systems Technology & Research (STR) developed a design for an ultra-wideband, power-efficient, high-performance analog-to-digital converter (ADC) using a novel combination of electronic and photonic hardware together with… More

High-power Interference Canceller with Optional Self-generated Reference

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Cox, III, President&CEO – (978) 670-4990
Award Amount: $492,167.00
Abstract:
In Phase II of this SBIR program, Photonic Systems, Inc. (PSI) proposes to further develop its High-power Interference Canceller (HPIC), which functionally is inserted into the receive chain of a SIGINT or other receiver between the antenna and the front end. The PSI approach is based on… More