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Radiation Hard High Performance Optoelectronic Devices

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
68917
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
034198
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Agility Communications, Inc.
475 Pine Avenue Goleta, CA 93117 0370
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Radiation Hard High Performance Optoelectronic Devices
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC04CA53C
Award Amount: $69,661.00
 

Abstract:

High-performance, radiation-hard, widely-tunable integrated laser/modulator chip and large-area avalanche photodetectors (APDs) are key components of optical transmitters and receivers that can dramatically lower the barriers to deployment and operation of high capacity in-space optical communication links. Agility Communications develops and manufactures widely-tunable CW sources and transmitters based on chip-scale integration of a Sampled-Grating Distributed Bragg Reflector (SG-DBR) laser with an Electroabsorption or Mach-Zehnder modulator. The performance characteristics of these devices include 40 nm wavelength coverage, multi- Gigabit/sec data rates, low drive voltage, and compatibility with high spectral efficiency and high-sensitivity modulation formats. Agility has licensed low-noise APD structures patented at the University of Texas at Austin. These devices have achieved record-setting noise and gain-bandwidth performance and are ideally suited for space-based, high-bandwidth optical links. During Phase I of this project we will study the effects of proton irradiation for SG-DBR lasers, InGaAsP bulk electroabsorption and electro-optic modulators, and APDs with InAlAs multiplication structure. Based on the results of Phase I, optimum chip design and process technology will be selected for development of small, efficient, radiation-hard integrated optical components in Phase II of the project.

Principal Investigator:

Yuliya Akulova
Principal Investigator
8056901758
yakulova@agility.com

Business Contact:

Daniel Renner
VP Research & Development
8056901760
drenner@agility.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agility Communications, Inc.
475 Pine Avenue Goleta, CA 93117

EIN/Tax ID: 770506246
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No