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Long-wave Optical Communications Transceiver

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-21-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: N211-015-0463
Amount: $139,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-015
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-18
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joel Hensley
 (978) 738-8128
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

With the increasing demand on battlefield information transfer bandwidth, free space optical (FSO) links are emerging as a necessary alternative and/or addition to existing RF and microwave systems. All platforms, from space to air to ground to the individual soldier, can benefit from the unique aspects of FSO links. In addition to higher bandwidth (in excess of 10 Gb/s) FSO links also bring increased security because they are challenging to intercept and tap for eavesdropping. To date, most implementations exploit mature telecommunications-industry technology and operate at wavelengths around 1.5 microns. With recent advances in longwave-infrared (LWIR, 8–12 µm) source and detector technology, there is an opportunity to extend FSO communications to these longer wavelengths where reduced Rayleigh scattering lowers transmission losses. In this effort, Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) in partnership with Thor Quantum Electronics (TQE), will advance this field by developing and demonstrating a high bandwidth FSO communications link using novel high bandwidth LWIR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs).

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