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Millimeter wave Instrumentation and Characterization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0942
Agency Tracking Number: F192-008-0648
Amount: $149,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF192-008
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-06
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street Suite 201
Newark, DE 19711
United States
DUNS: 805473951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Mercante
 Engineer 11-13
 (302) 286-5191
Business Contact
 Ahmed Sharkawy
Phone: (302) 286-5191
Research Institution

Equipment required for transmission and reflection measurements above 100 GHz is cost prohibitive, can possess undesirable harmonics, and is largely incompatible with vacuum equipment. Implementation of basic RF photonic technologies as an alternative to typical electronic instrumentation is not unheard of and was demonstrated circa 2011. We propose that with a current RF photonic approach we will be able to offer an alternative mmW characterization system that demonstrates comparable functionality to electronic standard systems all while in a drastically reduced footprint. In addition to the dramatic improvement of the form-factor, the method of integration and signal generation can yield a significant improvement on the cost and availability of DC-110 GHz device characterization.

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