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NFAD Arrays for Single Photon Optical Communications at 1.5 um

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95451
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094313
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Princeton Lightwave, Inc.
2555 Route 130 South, Suite 1 Cranbury, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: NFAD Arrays for Single Photon Optical Communications at 1.5 um
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD91P
Award Amount: $99,958.00
 

Abstract:

For this program, we propose to develop large pixel-count single photon counting detector arrays suitable for deployment in spacecraft terminal receivers supporting long-range laser communication systems at 1.5 um. To surmount the present obstacles to higher photon counting rate -- as well as the complexity of back-end circuitry required -- in using conventional single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs), we will leverage initial success in monolithically integrating "negative feedback" elements with state-of-the-art SPADs to beneficially modify the device avalanche dynamics. This approach can achieve extremely consistent passive quenching, and appropriate implementations can lead to rather small avalanches (e.g., ~10^4

Principal Investigator:

Mark Itzler
Principal Investigator
6094952551
mitzler@princetonlightwave.com

Business Contact:

Mark Itzler
Chief Technical Officer
6094952551
mitzler@princetonlightwave.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Princeton Lightwave, Inc.
2555 Route 130 South, Suite 1 Cranbury, NJ 08512

EIN/Tax ID: 223711457
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No