Heterogeneous Silicon Photonics OFDR Sensing System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0015
Agency Tracking Number: 170152
Amount: $749,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8
Solicitation Number: STTR_17_P2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-02
Small Business Information
301 1st Street Southwest, Suite 200, Roanoke, VA, 24011-1921
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Osgar John Ohanian
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 443-3872
Business Contact
 Lisa Powell
Phone: (434) 483-4246
Email: powelll@lunainc.com
Research Institution
 The Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara
 3227 Cheadle Hall, 3rd Floor
Santa barbara, CA, 93106-2050
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)

Luna will team with Dr. John Bowers of UCSB to continue development of an Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR) system-on-chip using heterogeneous silicon photonics to enable a minimal weight structural health monitoring system. This system-on-chip will be the building block for distributed sensing interrogation systems that are the size of a deck of playing cards. This lightweight, rugged, and miniature system will enable OFDR-based SHM sensing applications in space, where size and weight constraints are paramount. Phase I successfully proved the feasibility of the heterogeneous silicon tuning laser chip and distributed fiber optic sensing using a silicon OFDR chip in the laboratory. During Phase II, Luna will optimize the silicon tuning laser and OFDR designs in preparation for fabrication of a full OFDR system-on-chip, demonstrating the miniaturization and weight savings necessary for deep space SHM applications. Overcoming technical hurdles in laser tuning, polarization control, and delay line length are critical to successful commercialization of the innovation for SHM sensing, and will provide advancement in the state-of-the-art of silicon photonics and structural health monitoring.

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