SPACE-QUALIFIED SUBMILLIMETER RADIOMETER

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$499,462.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1984
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
622
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Millitech Corp.
South Deerfield Research Park, South Deerfield, MA, 01373
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Richard G. Huguenin
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Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS RESEARCH DEVELOPS A SPECTROMETER FRONTEND FOR USE AT 557 GHZ (THE 1[10] - 1[01] TRANSITION OF WATER VAPOR). DURING PHASE I, THE DESIGN IS RESEARCHED; A COMPLETE SPECTROMETER FRONTEND IS FABRICATED AND TESTED DURING PHASE II. THE MAJOR COMPONENTS DEVELOPED INCLUDE: A SOLID-STATE LOCAL OSCILLATOR EMPLOYING MULTIPLIERS TO PRODUCE 1-2 MW OF POWER AT 560 GHZ, AN ULTRA LOW NOISE WAVEGUIDE MIXER WHICH REQUIRES MINIMAL LOCAL-OSCILLATOR POWER (2 MW) AND WHICH IS CAPABLE OF OPERATION BETWEEN 300 K AND 20 K, AND THE QUASIOPTICAL SUBSYSTEM REQUIRED FOR SIGNAL PROCESSING BEFORE HETERODYNING. A LINE OF MULTIPLIERS THROUGHOUT THE NEAR-MILLIMETER RANGE ARE TO BE OPTIMIZED AND RUGGEDIZEDFOR USE AS PUMPS FOR A FINAL DOUBLER TO 560 GHZ. THE RESULTING TRIPLERS AND DOUBLERS ARE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE LOCAL-OSCILLATOR POWER FOR A VARIETY OF SATELLITE-BORNE RECEIVERS THROUGHOUT THE NEAR-MILLIMETER AND SUBMILLIMETER SPECTRUM. THE MIXERS AND QUASIOPTICAL COMPONENTS TO BE DEVELOPED LIKEWISE ARE EXTENSION OF COMPONENTS IN EXISTENCE.THE SPACE-QUALIFIED COMPONENTS WILL BE NEEDED TO CONSTRUCT RADIOMETERS AND COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVERS FOR USE ABOVE THE ATMOSPHERE.

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