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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: … at these higher frequencies is challenging. The approach is taken by Phase Sensitive Innovations involves conversion of the collected radio frequency signals to optical frequencies, where these signals are relatively narrowband and can be processed using conventional photonic… 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… 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… 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… 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: … methods and processes arose from recent progress in PDs and array of PDs based on modified uni-traveling-carrier (MUTC) thin-layered structures. The speed, bandwidth, and high power of these devices generate great interests of direct RF generation in microwave photonic… more

Electro-Optically Guided Radar Imaging

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …rmal antenna arrays. This work builds heavily on an operational passive millimeter-wave imager designed for rotorcraft DVE mitigation that utilizes optical upconversion to sample a distributed antenna array and a demonstrated distributed transmit array that utilizes photonic… more

SBIR Phase I: A Compact, Low Cost and Handheld Sensor for the Detection and Quantifications of Organic Compound Contaminants in Drinking Water

Company: AlphaSense, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … analysis; however, the method is costly, time consuming, and can only be performed by well-trained personnel in a laboratory setting. To meet the market need for a portable, low-cost, and easy-to-use water analysis technology, the project will investigate a photonic sensor… more

Advanced Spectrally Selective Materials for Obscurant Applications

Company: Lumilant, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …mon based metal particles. In this effort we will take a completely different approach towards the design of IR based obscurants. Instead of using metal particles we intend to explore the development of all dielectric obscurants that exploit the properties of photonic… more

Silicon Receiver for Millimeter Wave Distributed Aperture Imager with Optical Upconversion

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: In this SBIR effort we will design (Phase I) and demonstrate (Phase II) an integrated silicon electronic-photonic upconversion receiver that when used with our photonic backend will allow for a highly sensitive, real-time, and economical millimeter wave (mmW)… more

Silicon Receiver for Millimeter Wave Distributed Aperture Imager with Optical Upconversion

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: …nce. We will also look to optimize the design and performance of the circuitry based on our measured results. The development of this chip leverages recent progress in SiGe HBT high speed analog circuit design and integrates it monolithically with emerging photonic technology.… more

28GHz-43GHz Nadir/Near-Nadir (~70-90 degrees wrt horizontal) Low Probability of Intercept Radio Frequency Direction Finding/GeoLocation Capability

Company: Spectrum Magnetics, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: … an innovative focus plane detector array (FPDA) developed by Spectrum Magnetics, LLC (SM). The focusing system project the RF signal onto its focus plane. A novel FPDA based on emerging spintronic and metamaterials devices, with each element being much smaller than the EM… more

Phased array three-dimensional beam steering system for millimeter wave sources emitting in the 100-300 GHz region

Company: Phase Sensitive Innovations Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: … using an array of optical phase modulators, which can be exceedingly fast enabling unprecedented beam slew rates. Our novel optical locking technique generates millimeter-wave tones with 1 Hz linewidths for high purity spectral emission. When combined, this … more

Narrowband Perfect Absorber using Metamaterials

Company: Lumilant, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: …, in many cases, especially in military applications, (hyper)-spectral sensing in the longer wavelengths range, such as middle wavelength IR (MWIR) or long wavelength IR (LWIR) spectrums, is of more interest. This is because long wavelengths electro-magnetic (EM) waves… more

Novel Photonic RF Spectrometer

Company: Spectrum Magnetics, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2009 / 1
Abstract: Leveraging on recent breakthroughs in broadband photonic devices and components for RF and microwave applications, SML proposes a new type of broadband microwave spectrometer with performance and affordability that were not attainable before. The photonic microwave spectrometer… more

Satellite Structures with Engineered or Variable Electomagnetic Properties

Company: Spectrum Magnetics, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2009 / 2
Abstract: A novel methodology is proposed for the integration of nanomaterials into structural composite materials, to engineer multi-spectrum (microwave, IR, and optical) electromagnetic properties. The process is general and a wide range of EM properties can be achieved, such as… more

DEVELOPMENT OF A PULSED LED DENTAL PHOTOCURING SYSTEM

Company: NEW PHOTONICS, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2002 / 1
Abstract: DESCRIPTION: Recently, New Photonics LLC (NP) demonstrated that newly developed blue Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) used in continuous mode can provide up to 4 mm depth of cure in Dental composite resin in about 2 minutes of exposure. Despite its many advantages, the commercial… more

High-Performance, Resonant Optical Cavity Light-Emitting Diodes

Company: ASTROPOWER, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 1995 / 1
Abstract: The Phase I Project will develop a comprehensive model to evaluate and optimize state-of-the-art light-emitting diodes for optical memories, optical computing, and fiber or free-space photonic interconnects. The innovation is the development of resonant optical cavity LEDs and a… more

HIGH-EFFICIENCY THIN-FILM SILICON-ON-GAP SOLAR CELL FOR IMPROVED RADIATION RESISTANCE

Company: ASTROPOWER, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 1987 / 2
Abstract: … AND REDUCING BACK SURFACE RECOMBINATION. A HETEROJUNCTION CONTACT FORMED AT THE SILICONGAP INTERFACE THROUGH VIAS IN THE OXIDE WILL MINIMIZE BACK OHMIC CONTACT LOSSES. AND FINALLY, THE WIDE BANDGAP, INFRARED TRANSPARENT GAP SUBSTRATE WILL ALLOW LONG WAVELENGTH PHOTONS TO… more