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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY21 is not expected to be complete until September, 2022.

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  1. Transportable Rugged Crystalline Silicon Reference (TRuCR)

    SBC: Aosense, Inc.            Topic: AF20AT001

    Crystalline silicon cavities serve as ultralow-phase-noise optical local oscillators for optical atomic frequency standards and can support the realization of optical timescales.  While a JILA/PTB team has built and tested several silicon cavities over the past decade, similar cavities are not readily available to other potential users.  We propose to combine AOSense’s expertise in laser-frequ ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  2. Low-Power Microwave Oscillator (LMO)

    SBC: Aosense, Inc.            Topic: AF20AT001

    High-performance microwave atomic clocks have broad applications, both for military and civilian uses.  A low-phase-noise microwave frequency oscillator/synthesizer is necessary to ensure the high performance of these microwave clocks.  A power-hungry conventional low-phase-noise microwave frequency oscillator/synthesizer circuit usually limits the reduction of the power consumption in these ato ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  3. SiN-based heterogeneous PIC platform around 670 nm

    SBC: NEXUS PHOTONICS, LLC            Topic: AF20AT002

    We propose to develop an atomically referenced visible spectroscopy-grade PIC laser operating at 671 nm which will provide a visible PIC-based oscillator with absolute atomically referenced frequency stability at a part per billion level.

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  4. Innovative Hybrid Atomic-Optical Ultra-Precise Inertial Sensing for Space Applications

    SBC: Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation            Topic: AF20AT002

    Space is the ultimate GPS-denied environment and requires novel approaches to precision navigation. Open-loop fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOG) enable large bandwidth and dynamic range with low noise. Emerging atom interferometric gyros (AIG) provide extremely high long-term stability and accuracy, but have limited bandwidth due to minimum required atom interaction durations. Combining these two techno ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  5. Novel Semiconductor Driven Three-Photon Rydberg Antenna

    SBC: Freedom Photonics LLC            Topic: AF20AT002

    A novel approach to a RF sensor is proposed. This RF sensor leverages the quantum properties of atoms to detect RF signals over a wide bandwidth, independent of the physical size of the receiver. This can significantly reduce size, weight and power consumption of communication equipment. Freedom Photonics has consistently demonstrated world class performance laser products that are critical to the ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  6. Fiber-laser-based Mobile Atomic Sensor (FIMAS)

    SBC: Aosense, Inc.            Topic: AF20AT002

    Environmental structures of interest like mountains, tunnels, and deposits of minerals, oil or gas produce distortions in the local gravitational field. Sensing gravity anomalies and comparing them to a gravity map can provide positioning immune to the drift of purely inertial navigation systems. Existing gradiometers with sufficient sensitivity are large and heavy, requiring manned aircraft and h ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  7. Quantum-enabled nanoscale temperature sensor via additive transfer single quantum emitters to an optical fiber

    SBC: Spectral Energies, LLC            Topic: AF20AT002

    We propose to precisely transfer a single-quantum emitter to an optical fiber probe for nanoscale temperature sensing. Successful implementation of the proposed method will help the Department of Defense (DoD) improve its temperature sensing capabilities that are not accessible by using classical methods. This unique technology relies on continuous-wave laser heating of nanosized quantum emitter. ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Magnetic reference sensor for GPS-free navigation

    SBC: Twinleaf LLC            Topic: AF20AT002

    Magnetic navigation using measurements of the Earth's crustal magnetic field variation is a promising new approach for use by aircraft flying in a GPS-denied environment. The magnetic signature of the crust cannot be masked or jammed. We propose to develop a magnetic field reference sensor ideally suited for magnetic navigation: it must measure the total magnetic field with high sensitivity ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. Integrated Photonic Quantum Frequency Processor for High-Dimensional QIP

    SBC: Freedom Photonics LLC            Topic: AF20AT003

    To formulate the ultimate quantum computer, it is likely the case that several technologies will be combined in a hybrid fashion, in which dissimilar and physically separated qubits are joined via universal quantum interconnects – a network dubbed the “quantum internet”. Quantum information processing in the photonic domain allows for information to transmitted over appreciable distances, op ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Design of Quantum Circuits with Error Correction

    SBC: Azimuth Corporation            Topic: AF20AT003

    Phase I will identify and design code concepts for protection of qubits and entangled pairs.  Machine Learning will be used to generate efficient codes, including effects of noise and circuit layout. Optimal computing “paths” will be explored. The project will use using commercially available CPU/GPU machines using open source software. These will then be applied to sequences of circuit se ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseAir Force
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