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Integrated Optical Transmitter for Space Based Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC17C0036
Agency Tracking Number: 150290
Amount: $749,928.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-06
Small Business Information
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117-3104
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Leif Johansson
 (805) 967-4900
Business Contact
 Milan Mashanovitch
Title: Business Official
Phone: (805) 967-4900
Research Institution
 University of California
 Milan Mashanovitch
ECE Department
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560
United States

 (805) 967-4900
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Next generation optical modems for NASA will be based on the RZ-DPSK modulation format. This modulation format is robust, delivers high quantum efficiency and allows burst-mode operation, key when using a power limited transmitter in combination with a fixed delay line DPSK demodulator. Freedom Photonics approach in this proposed program is to integrate the laser, modulator, and amplifier into a single transmitter photonic integrated circuit (PIC). Photonic integration reduces the cost, size, weight, and power (C-SWaP) of the transmitter optical component so that they can fit into a package the size of a half-dollar coin or smaller. It will be realized using an Indium Phosphide photonic integration platform, well suited for space application.  The Phase II effort will culminate in a FSO demonstration in a laboratory environment demonstrating transmission of RZ-DPSK signals.

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