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Nonlinear-DSP-Enabled RF-Photonic Link

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-16-C-2051
Agency Tracking Number: N14A-023-0347
Amount: $746,839.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N14A-T023
Solicitation Number: 2014.0
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-03
Small Business Information
4901 Morena Blvd. Suite 128
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
DUNS: 831819979
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Marciante
 (585) 771-7311
Business Contact
 John Marciante
Phone: (585) 771-7311
Research Institution
 Rochester Institute of Technology
 Charles Bush
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
United States

 (585) 475-5542
 Nonprofit College or University

Digital equalizers have been the major enablers in RF communications in terms of managing component imperfections and channel impairments. Specifically, the ever increasing processing power of the dedicating computing processors has availed a steady increase in the ability of complex communication systems to deal with impairments as well as allowing higher capacities in the information transfer.On the other hand, RF photonic links, characterized by low loss and immunity to electro-magnetic-interference, have assumed a significant interest as an efficient vehicle of transporting the RF signals to and from remote antenna sites. While digital equalizers are a mainstay of RF communications, their utilization in RF photonic links has been scarce, simplistic, and largely reduced to only elementary implementation.Leveraging our expertise in both equalization and RF photonics, we propose to develop and implement a novel class of nonlinear equalizers, particularly suited to RF photonic links, providing the much needed extended dynamic range and linearity to these links. Successful completion of this program will enable unprecedented signal integrity retention in RF photonic links, as well as higher operational speeds and elevated capacities of the information transfer, thus finally availing performance close to their theoretically feasible bounds.

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