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Dilute Waveguide SOAs for high power and low noise applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-22-P-0050
Agency Tracking Number: A21C-T008-0505
Amount: $172,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A21C-T008
Solicitation Number: 21.C
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-28
Small Business Information
4453 La Paloma Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-1111
United States
DUNS: 081341508
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Yuan Liu
 (805) 895-6516
Business Contact
 Renan Moreira
Phone: (805) 319-2491
Research Institution
 University of California, Santa Barbara
 Cara Winniweiser
3327 Cheadle Hall, 3rd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2050
United States

 (805) 893-2396
 Nonprofit College or University

Low noise optical amplifiers with watt-class optical power are a critical component for a variety of applications such as free space optical communications, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), high-performance microwave photonics (MWP) and so on. Traditionally, such applications have utilized erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs). Although capable of generating high powers and the required low-noise characteristics, EDFAs are limited by their size and weight which can be relatively large. Semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs), on the other hand, provide an integrated approach with smaller size and weight which can drastically benefit a number of these application but have historically been limited in output power and noise performance. ULL Technologies is proposing an advanced SOA design relative to previous waveguide SOAs for low SWAP applications.

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