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Integrated Optical Waveguides for Satellite Optical Communications Receivers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-12-C-0115
Agency Tracking Number: F103-096-1425
Amount: $744,125.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-096
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-06-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1077
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Krishnan Parameswaran
 Principal Research Scient
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has designed an integrated optical receiver circuit capable of performing optical thresholding and clock recovery from received signals in space communications systems. During the proposed Phase II program, PSI in collaboration with the Bell Labs group of LGS Innovations will fabricate and deliver a prototype optical receiver system to the Air Force. The PSI design uses novel optical frequency mixers in lithium niobate that are compatible with any modulation format and data rates beyond 100 Gb/s. PSI has extensive experience implementing optical signal processing functions using the mature lithium niobate material system, which has been proven in satellite applications. The Bell Labs group is a world leader in the hybrid integration of optoelectronic components and will fabricate a prototype optical receiver compatible with 10 Gb/s data rates and power levels expected in transmission between low-earth orbit satellites. The prototype will combine the optical frequency mixer with a laser, detectors, and electronics on a single substrate to prove the system concept. The device will be tested at PSI and delivered to the Air Force for further system testing. BENEFIT: This proposed project will support the development of a novel integrated optical receiver platform intended for initial use in satellite-borne high-speed communications systems. The compact size, low weight, and low power consumption of the design are key virtues that will simplify deployment of space-based communications systems. The technology will be directly applicable to military space communications systems that currently in planning stages. It will also enable cost-effective commercial space-based communications links that are envisioned as a future supplement to terrestrial long-haul fiber optic communication links.

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