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Tunable Opto-electronic Oscillator Based on Photonic Integration of Ultra-High Q Resonators on a SiN Chip

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CC66P
Agency Tracking Number: 170180
Amount: $122,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-06-08
Small Business Information
465 N Halstead St., Ste. #140
Pasadena, CA, CA 91107-6016
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrey Matsko
 Pricipal Engineer/PI
 (626) 351-4200
Business Contact
 Debra Coler
Title: Business Official
Phone: (626) 351-4200
Research Institution
 University of California-Davis
 Debra Coler
1850 Research Park Drive #300
Davis, CA 95618-6153
United States

 (626) 351-4200
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

The team comprising OEwaves Inc. and UC Davis offers to develop and demonstrate a SiN-platform integrated photonic circuit suitable for a spectrally pure chip-scale tunable opto-electronic RF oscillator (OEO) that can operate as a flywheel in high precision optical clock modules, as well as radio astronomy, spectroscopy, and local oscillator in radar and communications systems. The effort comprises integration of an ultra-high quality (Q) crystalline whispering gallery mode (WGM) microresonator with multiple lithographically defined photonic and electronic components and devices (including a laser, a detector and waveguides) on a single platform with nanometer-scale feature sizes. The proposed oscillator will be packaged in a volume of approximately 1cc, with net power consumption of less than 500 mW. The oscillator will produce a minimum of 10 mW of output RF power in Ka frequency band, and its single sideband (SSB) phase noise will be as low as -60 dBc/Hz at 10 Hz, and -160 dBc at 1 MHz and higher Fourier frequencies.

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