Compact Sub-mm Wave Oscillator for THz Receiver

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-18-P-0018
Agency Tracking Number: F181-004-0472
Amount: $149,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF181-004
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-15
Small Business Information
175 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY, 10523
DUNS: 103734869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Igor Vernik
 (914) 592-1190
Business Contact
 Timothy Anglim
Phone: (914) 592-1190
Research Institution
In this SBIR Phase I, HYPRES and University of California Riverside will demonstrate the feasibility of low cost THz oscillators for sub-mm wave receivers utilizing high temperature superconducting (HTS) Josephson junctions fabricated using direct-write helium focused ion beam (FIB). This oscillator that can be easily integrated with on-chip detector with noise temperature ultimately limited only by the fundamental quantum value hf/k. In this project, we will capitalize on the already proven techniques and achieved results when these types of oscillators were realized using conventional low temperature Josephson junctions. The Phase I work plan calls for calibration both long Josephson junctions operating in flux-flow mode and 1-D distributed array of resistively shunted Josephson junctions as an oscillator. Possible imaging and communication applications benefit from the superior performance of HTS Josephson junction technology and unique on-chip integration of different planar components such as a detector with a quasioptical antenna, oscillator and IF amplifier. The project will lead to the development of instrumentation with superior performance, small cost, weight, size and power with high commercial potential.

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