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Multicore Fiber Optic Connector for Wideband Digital and Analog Photonic Links

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0814
Agency Tracking Number: N182-102-0032
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N182-102
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-26
Small Business Information
26 Chapin Road, Unit 1104, Pine Brook, NJ, 07058
DUNS: 967847836
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitch Wlodawski
 (973) 732-0030
Business Contact
 Dan Neugroschl
Phone: (973) 732-0030
Research Institution
Fiber optic data links are attractive for their wide bandwidth, low weight, electromagnetic interference immunity and ability to transmit high fidelity analog and digital radio-frequency-over-fiber (RFoF) signals. Multicore fiber (MCF) links will provide even higher capacity and density and enhance dynamic range analog links using parallel fibers of precisely equal length. The need for a high-quality, ruggedized MCF connector, enabling pluggable, high capacity, fiber optic link ports across military platforms, warrants the establishment of a MIL-spec for such a connector.
In Phase I, Chiral Photonics, Inc. (CPI), will design an MCF connector that meets the environmental and mechanical requirements for fiber connectors as outlined in MIL-PRF-64266 while addressing repeatability requirements. Leveraging its experience in MCF fanouts and optical fiber connectorization and, in cooperation with a provider of MIL-spec connectors to the U.S. military, CPI will focus on MIL-spec-ready connectors based on commercially available NGCON and MPO connectors. CPI will simulate the performance of the MCF connector, create a prototype and conduct initial repeatability testing. The Phase I effort will enable a path into Phase II where a scalable connector will be constructed and tested and will be the basis for a new MIL-spec , military grade MCF connector.

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