Design of High-Speed, High-Endurance Mine Warfare Craft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N982-1293
Agency Tracking Number: N982-1293
Amount: $69,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1999
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9010 Maier Road, Laurel, MD, 20723
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Rice
 (301) 470-2222
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Not Available APTI proposes use of its Photonically Controlled Dynamically Re-configurable Circuits technology, developed under IR&D funding, to develop re-configurable, broadband, phased array antennas for receive/transmit applications in the Buoyant Cable Antenna (BCA) system. The technology is based on use of semiconductor wafers whose local conductivity is dynamically controlled by laser diode arrays. The photo-injected plasma alters the conductivity of the illuminated wafer; by controlling the individual elements of the illuminating array, the desired conducting regions can be drawn on the wafer. APTI has conducted theoretical studies as well as proof-of-principle experiments of these photo-conducting antennas. The overall objective is the development of re-configurable phased arrays in the UHF-EHF range, suitable for operation as BCA's. The Phase I objective is to perform design trade off studies of the array configurations, wafer materials and laser requirements that optimize the novel re-configurable array concepts. Broadband vs. narrow-band designs, size and performance characteristics will be analyzed for implementation in the Phase II laboratory tests.

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