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Low Power MEMS Retroreflectors for Optical Communications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0109
Agency Tracking Number: A064-005-0292
Amount: $99,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T005
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-01-31
Small Business Information
108 Water Street
Watertown, MA 02472
United States
DUNS: 085252729
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steven Cornelissen
 (617) 926-4178
Business Contact
 Paul Bierden
Title: President
Phone: (617) 926-4178
Research Institution
 Steven Singer
881 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
United States

 (617) 353-3529
 Nonprofit College or University

This proposal describes a new communication device that can provide information from remote sensors through modulated retro-reflection using an active optical mirror. Through the integration of optical micro-electromechanical (MEMS) devices, high speed, low power electronics, and high precision corner cubes the project team will be able to demonstrate a modulating retro-reflector that can transmit data at 100kHz over a 1km link, while being no larger than 50cm3 and consuming no more than 50mW power. A key component of this project will be the ability to make this modulating retro-reflector for a cost of $50 in high volume. The implementation of batch foundry micromachining for the MEMS, the use of commercial off the shelf electronics, and glass molding manufacturing of the corner cube will allow this. Details of how this will be achieved are discussed in this proposal.

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