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Electromagnetic Interference Resilient, Low Noise Figure, Wide Dynamic Range RF Photonic Link

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0878
Agency Tracking Number: N20A-T012-0016
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N20A-T012
Solicitation Number: 20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-17
Small Business Information
900 Middlesex Turnpike Building #5
Billerica, MA 01821-1111
United States
DUNS: 055023654
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gary Betts
 (978) 670-4990
Business Contact
 Edward Ackerman
Phone: (978) 670-4990
Research Institution
 Harvard University
 Jeffrey Derr
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138-5319
United States

 (617) 495-2621
 Nonprofit College or University

Photonic Systems, Inc. (PSI) and Harvard University propose to collaborate in Phases I and II of this STTR program towards the goal of demonstrating a broadband RF/photonic signal link with a specific combination of performance parameters and other features not available from present state-of-the-art links. The solicitation’s goal – specifically, an electromagnetic attack-resilient electro-optic modulator with bandwidth = 20 GHz in a package of size = 10 mm x 10 mm x 30 mm for a link with noise figure = 3 dB, spurious-free dynamic range = 120 dB in 1 Hz – is well beyond the state of the art of mature modulator technology. However, two recently demonstrated advances will enable PSI/Harvard to meet these goals in the proposed STTR program: 1) the compact low-loss ridge waveguides in micron-thick lithium niobate layers demonstrated recently by Harvard, and 2) recent demonstration by PSI of the passivation of both the modulator and the optical transmitter package to survive 10-kW microwave pulses,

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