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Quantum All-Optical Transponder (QOAT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0021517
Agency Tracking Number: 0000256369
Amount: $249,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 06a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002359
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-11-21
Small Business Information
41 Aero Camino
Goleta, CA 93117-3410
United States
DUNS: 191741292
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steven Estrella
 (805) 967-4900
Business Contact
 Kristin Snyder
Phone: (805) 967-4900
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Andrew Weiner
155 South Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114
United States

 (765) 494-5574
 Nonprofit College or University

Quantum networks will be tasked with entangling physically separated quantum nodes and facilitating secure communication between distant parties. This necessitates the development of devices that can support high data rate transparent optical quantum networks that coexist with classical networks on a shared optical fiber transmission system. Freedom Photonics will develop a Quantum All-Optical Transponder, or QOAT, based on in-band quantum frequency conversion (QFC). This transponder will make it possible to implement any-to-any frequency hopping using low-noise electro-optic techniques, supporting high data rate transparent optical quantum networks. Phase I will be used to prove the feasibility of the proposed approach and reduce Phase II technical risk. Several different transponder architectures will be evaluated. The main transponder components will be designed and modeled. Once the main components have been designed, the physical integration of these components to form the transponder will be analyzed. This technology can be applied to facilitate agile wavelength routing in high speed quantum networks, with direct impact on quantum computing, quantum sensing and quantum communications, with large commercial potential as quantum technology materializes and quantum-based products get deployed. In addition to the commercial applications, the transponder would be of immediate benefit to quantum technology programs at the Department of Energy and other Government organizations.

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