High-Speed Fiber Optic Micromultiplexer for Space and Airborne Lidar

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX07CA63P
Agency Tracking Number: 066233
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: S6.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Luminit, LLC
20600 Gramercy Place, Suite 203, Torrance, CA, 90501-1821
DUNS: 612439146
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Evgeni Poliakov
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 320-1066
 kyu@luminitco.com
Business Contact
 Engin Arik
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (310) 320-1066
Email: earik@luminitco.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the NASA Earth Science Division need for high-speed fiber optic multiplexers for next generation lidar systems, Luminit proposes to develop a new Fiber Optic Micromultiplexer (FOMM) based on InP/InGaAsP photonic integrated circuits (PIC) and digital optical switches (DOS). This approach makes innovative use of a modular expandable binary tree architecture for robust high-speed switching with a new application of the latest PIC and DOS technology. This approach enables us to design a lightweight (200 g), compact multiplexer that consumes only 1 A of electricity and can switch a fiber-coupled NIR laser transmitter among 16 single-mode fiber outputs in 4 ns while consuming only 5 W of electricity. In Phase I, Luminit will demonstrate the feasibility of ~20 ns switching and ~1 W laser power with a proof-of-principle 1-to-4 FOMM that has three electro-optical fiber switches, which will reduce the development risk of a Phase II 1-to-16 prototype that incorporates the PIC/DOS technology. The demonstrated results will offer NASA enhanced return signal and image resolution for lidar systems.

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