Exploiting Unusual Characteristics of Photonic Crystals for Novel Optical Device

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL04AA17C
Agency Tracking Number: 022821
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: H5.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation
650 Vaqueros Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94085-1260
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Behzad Moslehi
 Principal Investigator
 (408) 328-8648
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Title: CEO/President
Phone: (408) 328-8648
Email: bm@ifos.com
Research Institution
In Phase I, IFOS designed, built, and demonstrated a novel type of compact, lightweight, fast, ultra-high- resolution wavelength spectrometer. The central element of the spectrometer is based on innovative photonic crystal designs. These types of materials or structures can possess ultra-high dispersive properties and thus yield high levels of spectral resolution (picometer), in a very compact volume (1mm2 x 0.5 mm) and lightweight package (<100 grams). In Phase II, we will optimize the design to miniaturize the packaging for enhanced performance and more design flexibility, enabling new and improved NASA missions and science measurement capabilities. Extensive reliability testing will be performed to validate the capability of the proposed spectrometer to NASA standards. By tailoring the thickness of each layer, numerically according to design specifications, the spatial dispersion of the device is maximized. Going a step beyond the periodic photonic crystal approach, IFOS will obtain the decisive technical advantage to make this revolutionary spectrometer a superior product. IFOS will integrate all sub-components into an ultra-compact, lightweight and robust package, yielding ultra-high performance.

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