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Tunable Narrow-Band Bi-Photon Source in IR Spectral Region for Calibration of High-Performance Transition-Edge Sensors

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22CA028
Agency Tracking Number: 205430
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8
Solicitation Number: STTR_20_P2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-03-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-03-27
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Principal Investigator
 Katherine Bryant
 (406) 522-0388
Business Contact
 Betsy Heckel
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Research Institution
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1901 South First Street, Suite A
Champaign, IL 61820-0000
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

The overall goal of this NASA STTR mult-phase effort is to develop a compact fully integrated tunable narrowband bi-photon source operating in the visible/IR spectral region for calibration and characterization of high-performance transition-edge sensors (TES) arrays under development at NASA Goddard as well as other research facilities throughout U.S.nbsp; The key innovation in this effort is combining waveguide-based spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) with onboard wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) and mode filtering for efficient generation, wavelength sorting, and fiber coupling of narrowband photon pairs in the near-to mid-infrared (IR) spectral region.nbsp; Phase I of this effort established the feasibility of this approach through demonstrating coincidence at the output of two arms of periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) chip with integrated wavelength division multiplexing (WDM).nbsp; This approach is enabled by combining AdvR#39;s expertise in fabrication, poling, and packaging nonlinear optical waveguides with the University of Illinois Urbana Champaigne#39;s (UIUC) demonstrated experience with high precision photon counting and quantum optics.nbsp; The outcome of this multi-phase STTR will significantly advance the state-of-the-art narrowband bi-photon sources for system calibration of single photon counting detectors and energy-resolving single-photon detector arrays in the mid-IR, near-IR, and visible spectral regimes.

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