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Dynamic Frequency Passive Millemeter-Wave Radiometer Based on Optical Up-Conversion

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOC / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Passive microwave sensors aboard satellites provide valuable information regarding weather conditions by measuring atmospheric attenuation over a broad range of frequencies from 0-200 GHz. Additional ground-based sensors are desirable to provide complementary upward looking measurements that can be… more

Ruggedized, Ultra-Compact, High Dynamic Range, Dual-Output Wideband Electro-Optic Modulator

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: In this SBIR effort we will develop and analyze (Phase I) a new design and packaging approach for an ultra-compact, dual-output wideband Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) for low noise figure (NF) and high dynamic range radio-frequency (RF) photonic link applications. We will provide (Phase I)… more

Corrosion Identification, Removal and Cleaning of Galvanic Couples in Difficult to Access Areas

Company: AlphaSense, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: In this proposal, AlphaSense, Inc. details the development of a fully integrated laser ultrasound visualization and laser ablation tool for corrosion identification, removal and cleaning. The key innovations of this proposal include the following: a) Hidden corrosion detections based on direct… more

Enhanced Mixed Feedstock Processing using Ionic Liquids

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Researchers at JBEI have developed a pretreatment technology using ionic liquids that efficiently extracts sugars from a combination of mixed feed stocks. Any ionic liquid used for biomass pretreatment or cellulose hydrolysis by thermostable cellulose may be used. Until now, no known technology … more

Low Cost Oxygen Enriched Air by Membrane Separation

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Oxygen enriched air (OEA) can be a valuable tool to enhance combustion processes, reduce CO2 emissions per unit of heat generated and also concentrate CO2 to enhance subsequent CO2 concentration ahead of CO2 sequestering. OEA reduces the presence of parasitic nitrogen and therefore flame temperature… more

Improved Hydrogen Purification

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Industrial hydrogen production relies primarily on natural gas and hydrocarbon feedstocks to drive the various reaction chemistries that lead to hydrogen generation. Carbon dioxide, the ultimate co- product when such feedstocks and processes are employed, necessarily becomes a major contaminant of… more

Processing of Green Solvents

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: EPA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Solvents are valuable processing tools in the chemical and related industries used to enhance mass transfer, heat transfer and processing aids not used in the final product. Solvents are very valuable but cause significant problems with volatility and associated emissions. Manufacturing processes… more

Enhanced Membrane System for Recovery of Water from Gas-Liquid Mixtures

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Gas-Liquid separation is an acute microgravity problem. Existing devices use centrifugal motion on microporous membranes to separate the two phases. Centrifugal devices consume electricity and are prone to failure. The microporous membranes easily foul and have significant water loss. Novel membrane… more

A New Standard for Power-Aware Programming

Company: EM Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The Army needs low-power, lightweight processing for devices carried by the soldier and also for those left as unattended sensors in the field. These applications need to perform complex tasks over long periods of time, but a reliance on heavy batteries s

High Efficiency 808 nm Laser Pump Diode Arrays with Excellent Beam Quality

Company: Princeton Optronics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Navy is interested in developing high power and high operation efficiency laser pumps at 808nm for multiple Navy applications. VCSEL technology offers an excellent choice for the development of such laser pumps. The new approaches developed during phase I for very high efficiency and high power… more

Laser Ignition for Advanced Gasoline Engines

Company: Princeton Optronics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: A new ignition concept is needed for lean-burn combustion in gasoline engines. The approach should extend the lean ignition limit air/fuel ratio to & gt; 20, to enable reliable ignition under high in-cylinder pressures (up to 100 bar at the time of ignition) thus enabling high load operation,… more

Improved Reliability Laser Based Ignition System

Company: Princeton Optronics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Navy needs improved reliability ignition systems for aerospace engines to reduce flameouts at high altitudes as well as reduce maintenance cost because of the need to frequently replace the conventional spark plug igniters for fuel ignition in the engines. Laser ignition, whose feasibility has been… more

Atomic Interferometry

Company: Princeton Optronics, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) is a new technology which can be used for developing high performance laser components for atom-based sensors technology. The narrow linewidth of VCSEL emission combined with good polarization extinction ratio and large spacing between the… more

Wavelength Specific Dielectric Obscurants using Electromagnetically Engineered Nanoparticles

Company: Lumilant, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: As infrared (IR) electo-optical sensors improve in both availability and quality a strong need exists to have comparable improvements in the performance of military obscurants within the IR band. Conventional approaches for creating effective IR obscurants have relied primarily on shaped metal… more

MicroCast: Additive Manufacturing of Metal Plus Insulator Structures with Sub-mm Features

Company: Made in Space, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: A novel method for fabricating electronics containing both metals and polymers can be adapted to quickly and effectively produce micro-well sensors. The process revolves around creating a polymeric part through additive manufacturing, leaving voids and trace capillaries. Once the polymer structures… more

R3DO: A Plastic Recycling System For Creating 3D Printer Feedstock On-Orbit

Company: Made in Space, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: An automated in-space recycling system for 3D printer feedstock will provide game-changing resupply benefits including but not limited to launch mass reduction, mission reliability increases, and decreased reliance on resupply from Earth. To bring these benefits to ISS in the near term, Made In… more

Late Award - Advanced Hybrid Water-Heater using ECC

Company: Xergy Incorporated Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The problem being addressed in this proposal is the existing extensive use of energy hungry hot water heaters in both residential and commercial building in the United States. In addition, any attempts to date to create a low energy hybrid hot water heater (HWH) have resulted in hot water heaters so… more

Advanced Infrared Emitter Array (AIREA)

Company: Chip Design Systems Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: We propose build Infrared LED (IRLED) scene projectors that are able to project larger than 1k by 1k imagery with maximum temperatures of 3000K, frame rates in excess of 400 Hz, and emission wavelength between 3-5 microns. We will explore the use of through-silicon-via (TSV) and silicon… more

"Night Glow"Short Wave Infrared LED (NSLED) Image Projector Development

Company: Chip Design Systems Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: We propose to develop and demonstrate component technologies, interfaces, and software necessary to build a prototype Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) projection system with high dynamic range and fast frame rates. More specifically, final hardware deliverables for this project include three… more

A performance-improved implementation of ScaLAPACK implemented in Open Community Runtime

Company: ET International, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Software development faces many challenges as high-performance computing (HPC) moves towards exascale: scalability, programmability, performance portability, resilience, and energy efficiency. To tackle these challenges, fundamental shifts in the basic execution models and programming models… more

Unified, Cross-Platform, Open-Source Library Package for High-Performance Computing

Company: EM Photonics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The last several years has seen the emergence of a new trend in HPC design the rise in the use of special purpose add-on hardware optimized for efficient math computations, such as graphics processing units (GPUs) and compute accelerators. Effectively utilizing this hardware is challenging and… more

Frequency Agile Millimeter Wave (MMW) Signal Generator

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: PSI will leverage our extensive experience and unique capabilities in MMW photonics to design a compact, lightweight, frequency-agile MMW source combining wide, continuous, rapid tunability with superb phase noise and moderate output power. Such a source will have extensive commercial applications… more

Dynamic Frequency Passive Millimeter-Wave Radiometer Based on Optical Up-Conversion

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOC / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: In the proposed effort, we will leverage this extensive experience and capabilities to realize a frequency agile mmW radiometer that can cover the range of DC-110 GHz and can be scaled to DC-200 GHz under Phase II. Ours is a photonic system that multiplies and up-coverts a low-frequency reference… more

Packaging High Power Photodetectors for 100 MHz to 100 GHz RF Photonic Applications

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: In this SBIR effort we will develop a packaging process and demonstrate (Phase I) a prototype of high power Photodiode (PD) that has a normal incident, pigtailed fiber input and a coaxial RF output that operates from DC to>60GHz. We will apply and extend (Phase II) the aforementioned… more

Electro-Optically Guided Radar Imaging

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: Millimeter-wave RADAR imaging holds significant promise for many applications from rotorcraft DVE mitigation to standoff security screening. A key challenge of this imaging modality, however, has been the implementation of an effective method for creating an image without relying on either… more