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SBIR Phase I: Compact Terahertz Backward-Wave Oscillators

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National Science Foundation
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Terahertz Device Corp.
3441 Crestwood Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84109-3203
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: SBIR Phase I: Compact Terahertz Backward-Wave Oscillators
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1047339
Award Amount: $150,000.00


This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will investigate the feasibility of implementing new slow-wave circuits and electron beam confinement innovations for terahertz frequency backward-wave oscillators. A backward wave oscillator emits high- frequency radio waves, tuned by the applied voltage, at frequencies and powers generally higher than available from semiconductor-based devices. The envisioned devices have a compact format, suitable for portable applications, and have the potential to operate as moderate-power terahertz- frequency sources. New circuits and electron guns will be fabricated and evaluated, resulting in the basis for a Phase II prototype design. Successful results would include milliwatt-scale, tunable sources. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project includes helping to further open the ?terahertz gap? for a range of applications. This gap refers to a frequency range where technologies and applications have only been slowly developing and emerging. A terahertz backward-wave oscillator should enable advancements in high-frequency communications; chemical, biological, and environmental sensing and imaging; as well as medical diagnosis and security markets. As such, in addition to the advancement of terahertz science and technology themselves, these devices could help propel developments in a number of burgeoning scientific and industrial activities.

Principal Investigator:

Guillermo A. Oviedo Vela

Business Contact:

Guillermo A. Oviedo Vela
Small Business Information at Submission:

Terahertz Device Corporation
3441 Crestwood Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84109-3203

EIN/Tax ID: 860987146
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No