Ultra-fast Photonics-enabled RF Arbitrary Waveform Generation Utilizing Highly Linear, High Power Photodiodes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-10-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A092-056-1505
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-056
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Discovery Semiconductors, Inc.
119 Silvia Street, Ewing, NJ, 08628
DUNS: 824781769
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Abhay M Joshi
 President & CEO
 (609) 434-1311
Business Contact
 Abhay Joshi
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (609) 434-1311
Email: Abhay@chipsat.com
Research Institution
We propose to demonstrate a photonic radio-frequency (RF) arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) having (1) 3 dB bandwidth = 10 GHz, (2) time aperture > 2 ns (time-bandwidth product > 20), and (3) maximum RF output amplitude > 3 V. This performance will be facilitated by our proposed highly linear, high-power 10 GHz bandwidth photodiodes which will deliver > 3 V peak RF amplitude, thereby enabling a 6-fold improvement over the state-of-the-art in photonic AWGs. Additionally, the photodiode will provide high amplitude linearity (> 50 dBm OIP3) and high phase linearity (< 2 rad/W power-to-phase conversion factor) in order to maximize the dynamic range as well as to reduce the timing jitter of photonic AWGs. Our photodiodes’ inherently low polarization dependent loss (< 0.1 dB) combined with the proposed modifications in the photonic AWG architecture will lead to a stable operation for > 1 hour without any polarization adjustments. During the Phase I Option period, the 3 dB bandwidth of the proposed photodiode and the photonic AWG will be extended to 20 GHz, while maintaining the other specifications.

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