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Chip-Scale THz Generator

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0034
Agency Tracking Number: 183882
Amount: $748,774.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8
Solicitation Number: STTR_18_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-12-19
Small Business Information
2320 De La Vina Street, #12, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105-3852
DUNS: 080988265
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tin Komljenovic
 (805) 895-4733
 komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Tin Komljenovic
Phone: (805) 895-4733
Email: komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
Research Institution
 University of California-Santa Barbara
 5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA, 00000-0000
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
We propose to revolutionize the field of frequency-domain THznbsp;spectrometers by developing ~5nbsp;cm3 wide-band spectrometer with improved frequency accuracy, resolution and stability. Integration will also provide significant SWaP-C advantage compared to present solutions allowing deployment in small spacecraft platforms and other applications where low SWaP is crucial.Compared to presently available spectrometers, we expect significant improvements:10x weight reduction500x size reduction5x cost reduction1000x frequency accuracy improvement10x frequency resolution improvementGuaranteed long-term stability with built-in calibration until end-of-life (EOL)The core of the spectrometer is a stable THz signal generator providing continuous tuning with the ability to lock to a particular frequency with long-term stability. Said signal generator is a crosscutting technology that can be used in mm-wave/THz communication systems, frequency hopping devices and sensing application.

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