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Low-Power Wideband Digital Spectrometer for Planetary Science

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95460
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094960
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
HYPRES, Inc.
175 Clearbrook Road Elmsford, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Low-Power Wideband Digital Spectrometer for Planetary Science
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CE01P
Award Amount: $99,881.00
 

Abstract:

The purpose of this project is to develop a wideband digital spectrometer to support space-born measurements of planetary atmospheric composition. The spectrometer is based on a superconducting digitizer and a digital autocorrelator. The digitizer will be able to handle the entire 6 -18 GHz band by operating above the Nyquist frequency (target: 30 GSamples/s). The superconducting circuits will be based on Niobium-based Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) technology. They will be implemented without substantially impacting the cryogenic sensor package. The data from the superconducting digitizer will be processed by a 128-lag autocorrelator. During the Phase I performance period, we will determine whether the autocorrelator is best implemented using the RSFQ autocorrelator circuits we developed for the National Science Foundation, or the polyphase implementation we recently produced using fast FPGAs. The criteria for downselecting the best design will be the projected Signal-to-Noise ratios and the relative added terms to the system noise temperature. Our choice of Niobium superconductor technology will enable one single technology to implement the TerraHertz mixer, the digitizer, and the fast manipulation of digital data on a low-power low-temperature platform.

Principal Investigator:

Steven B. Kaplan
Principal Investigator
9145921190
kaplan@hypres.com

Business Contact:

Oleg Mukhanov
General Manager
9145921190
mukhanov@hypres.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

HYPRES, Inc.
175 Clearbrook Road Elmsford, NY 10523

EIN/Tax ID: 133170343
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No