Multi-Channel Integrated Transmitter
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
A compact, high-performance, low cost optical transmitter chip comprised of a widely-tunable laser, monolithically integrated with an array of semiconductor optical amplifiers and elelectroabsorption modulators, is a key component of an optical source suitable for arbitrary waveform generation in a dynamic scene projector. Agility Communications develops and manufactures widely-tunable CW sources and transmitters based on monolithic chip-scale integration of a Sampled-Grating Distributed Bragg Reflector (SG-DBR) laser with a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA) and Electroabsorption (EA) or Mach-Zehnder (MZ) modulator. Agility's InP chip-scale integration platform allows integration of several high-speed modulators on the same chip to provide compact, low cost integrated optical components. Additionally, utilization of an injection tuned SG-DBR laser architecture allows for high-speed frequency tuning to simulate frequency shift associated with a laser pulse reflecting off of moving objects. The objective of this project is to develop an 8 channel optical transmitter on the chip comprised of a SGDBR laser integrated with an array of eight SOA-EAMs. During Phase I of this project, one and two-channel prototypes will be characterized and the test data will be used to design an 8 channel chip. In Phase II of this program, the 8 channel chip will be fabricated and optimized. This integrated chip can be packaged to provide a small footprint (<0.6 sq. inch) multi-channel packaged module to be used in very high-density optical systems.
Small Business Information at Submission:
AGILITY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
475 Pine Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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