Ultra-Compact Optical True-Time Delay Phased-Array Antenna Transmit/Receive System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-03-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: 022-0993
Amount: $69,655.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Omega Optics, Inc.
13010 Research Blvd., Suite 216, Austin, TX, 78750
DUNS: 102861262
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yihong Chen
 Research Scientist II
 (512) 996-8833
Business Contact
 Kenneth Chen
Title: President
Phone: (512) 633-6934
Email: kenneth.chen@eomegaoptics.com
Research Institution
"This Phase I SBIR proposal offers an innovative approach for lightweight phased-array antenna transmit/receive architecture and all needed building blocks. A new ultra-wideband low- loss optical transmit/receive architecture will be developed to providemultiple simultaneous beams for a phased-array antenna operating in C, S, and X bands. The transmit/receive architecture employing 3-D polymer waveguide has great advantages in providing lightweight, low-loss, agile, accurate performance for missiledefense applications to disable inbound ballistic missiles. The scalable architecture due to the integration of wavelength-division-multiplexing devices makes the approach suitable for very large arrays and able to provide tens of multiple simultaneousbeams. Optical switch technique enables the transmit/receive system to operate in the C, S and X radar bands. To prove the feasibility of the proposed transmit/receive architecture, the simulation and experimental demonstration of low-loss polymer waveguides, polymer-based optical switches and RF signal generation will be performed. Furthermore,true-time delay lines in one layer will be fabricated during the phase I program. Success of these tasks will lay a solid foundation for the phase II and phase III continuation. The market for the high performance phased-array antenna transmit/receive architectures is a rapidly growing area for military communications, as well as for commercial ap

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