Rapid Transition of Photonic Integrated Circuits to Defense Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA3002-18-P-0046
Agency Tracking Number: F182-005-0275
Amount: $49,911.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-005
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-11-09
Small Business Information
2363 Calle Del Mundo, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Behzad Moslehi
 (408) 565-9004
 bm@ifos.com
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Email: bm@ifos.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
There has been little attention to the mission-critical defense applications of high-performance, high-reliability photonic integrated circuits (PICs)an enabling disruptive technology that is making significant commercial progress. The PIC platform promises integration of many optical components in a small footprint system-in-a-package (SiP)analogous to semiconductor Integrated Circuits (ICs) and microelectronic multi-chip modules (MCMs). PICs provide extremely low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) solutions. Commercial interest in PICs was initially motivated by telecom involving small-scale integration. Recently there has been significant interest to extend PIC applications to sensors for Internet of Things (IoT), self-driving cars, oil & gas, and robotics. For such applications, higher integration densities are essential. Sensors of interest include inertial and environmental sensing, LIDAR, and multifunctional physical-chemical sensing. In this project, IFOS has strong evidence of dual-use potential through customer interviews and market research. IFOS proposes to transition modified versions of commercial PICs to defense applications by leveraging its expertise in PIC ruggedization for deployment in harsh environments. In Phase I, IFOS will conducting laboratory feasibility studies and additional customer research to establish effectiveness. Phase II will demonstrate most viable solutions identified in Phase I, for subsequent transition to a range of applications in Future Air/Space Force.

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