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Photonics-enabled Radio-Frequency Arbitrary Waveform Generation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
92159
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-056-0483
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr. Los Gatos, CA 95032-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Photonics-enabled Radio-Frequency Arbitrary Waveform Generation
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-10-C-0012
Award Amount: $69,997.00
 

Abstract:

There is increasing need for arbitrary RF waveforms with very wide instantaneous bandwidths for defense and commercial applications. Standard electronic approaches have limited bandwidth and are sensitive to electromagnetic interference. Photonic approaches are believed to be the solution because light is wideband and non-dispersive in RF. Fourier transform pulse shaping (FPS) and Direct Space-to-time pulse shaping (DST) are two main techniques to generate RF arbitrary waveforms. However, FPS requires massive numerical computations in order to find the Fourier components of the wanted RF waveform. DST is simple in controlling the waveforms but it cannot produce very large time-bandwidth product waveforms. SA Photonics is pleased to propose a program to develop a high performance Photonic programmable Arbitrary RF Waveform generation System (PAWS). The PAWS is a compact and robust fiber optics system capable of producing bipolar, large time-bandwidth product and repetitive RF pulses with programmable pulse envelopes. It combines the advantages of FPS and DST but does not have their pitfalls. It contains a DST pulse shaper, waveform time stretcher, waveform bandwidth extender and bipolar waveform generation.

Principal Investigator:

James Coward
President
4159770553
j.coward@saphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Michael Browne
VP of Product Development
4083484426
m.browne@saphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SA PHOTONICS
650 5th Street Suite 505 San Francisco, CA 94107

EIN/Tax ID: 611427995
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No