Advanced Radio Frequency and Optical Connectivity to support Network-Centric Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,955.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-07-C-4516
Award Id:
79073
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-069-3494
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1801 Maple Avenue, Rm 6322, Evanston, IL, 60201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133619234
Principal Investigator:
GregoryKanter
Vice President, Product D
(847) 491-5713
kanterg@nucrypt.net
Business Contact:
PremKumar
Manager/CEO
(847) 275-8996
kumarp@nucrypt.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NuCrypt is developing the technology for physical-layer optical encryption that exploits the intrinsic, irreducible noise of light. Our method, called AlphaEta, has fundamental and practical security benefits and the technology performs similarly as standard optical communications equipment. We have demonstrated AlphaEta in installed fiber-optic networks and have also built encrypted free-space optical links. While AlphaEta is inherently compatible with standard optical equipment such as fiber amplifiers, all-optical add-drop filters, and dispersion compensating fiber, it is currently applicable to 'all-optical' networks. Many military networks require interoperability with packet-oriented mesh-type networks which may combine various RF, electronic, and optical technologies. We propose to extend AlphaEta physical encryption so that it can be integrated into such heterogeneous systems as a high-security feature. In this Phase II, we will develop the technology to enable electronic processing such as switching, buffering, and regeneration on the AlphaEta optical signal. We will also develop a wireless interface and network controls which will allow for wireless and mixed medium networks to maintain the high-level security offered by AlphaEta encryption.

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