High-Speed Fiber Optic Micromultiplexer for Space and Airborne Lidar

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,987.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX07CA63P
Award Id:
83994
Agency Tracking Number:
066233
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
20600 Gramercy Place, Suite 203, Torrance, CA, 90501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
612439146
Principal Investigator:
Evgeni Poliakov
Principal Investigator
(310) 320-1066
kyu@luminitco.com
Business Contact:
Engin Arik
President and CEO
(310) 320-1066
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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