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Chip-scale THz Spectrometer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2147
Agency Tracking Number: 183882
Amount: $124,113.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8
Solicitation Number: STTR_18_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-26
Small Business Information
2320 De La Vina Street, #12, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105-3852
DUNS: 080988265
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tin Komljenovic
 (805) 895-4733
 komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Tin Komljenovic
Phone: (805) 895-4733
Email: komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
Research Institution
 University of California-Santa Barbara
 5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA, 00000-0000
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract

We propose to revolutionize the field of frequency-domain terahertz (THz) spectrometers by developing ~2 cm3 wide-band spectrometer with improved frequency accuracy, resolution and stability. Integration will also provide significant SWaP-C advantage compared to present solution allowing deployment in small spacecraft platforms and other applications where low SWaP is crucial.

Compared to presently available frequency-domain THz spectrometers, we expect significant improvements as follows:

  • > 10x weight reduction
  • > 500x size reduction
  • > 5x cost reduction
  • > 1000x frequency accuracy improvement
  • > 10x frequency resolution improvement
  • Guaranteed long-term stability with built-in calibration until end-of-life (EOL)

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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