Rydberg-atom RF Sensors for Direction Finding and Geolocation (RADARS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-C-1736
Agency Tracking Number: F2-10163
Amount: $749,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T028
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-28
Small Business Information
3030 Sterling Cir, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 800608643
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Evan Salim
 (303) 440-1284
 evan.salim@coldquanta.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Pendergast
Phone: (303) 440-1284
Email: lisa.pendergast@coldquanta.com
Research Institution
 University of Colorado - Boulder
 Dr. Vijayan   Asari
 300 College Park
Dayton, NM, 45469
 (937) 229-4504
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
ColdQuanta, in partnership with Dr. Zoya Popovic at the University of Colorado at Boulder, proposes to develop a three-dimensional quantum-enhanced radio-frequency (RF) signal sensor and direction finder. Our approach combines Rydberg-atom-based RF electrometry and discrete lens arrays (DLAs) of planar antennas. The DLA will serve as a Fourier optic for an incident wave, and a Rydberg-atom RF electrometer will measure the Fourier transform at the focal plane. The precision with which the direction of arrival can be determined depends foremost upon the spatial resolution with which the Fourier transform can be measured. In this regard, Rydberg-atom RF electrometry offers significant benefits over receivers based on antennas, including improved sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio, sub-wavelength resolution, and accuracy that is determined by atomic structure.

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