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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$69,655.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-03-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number:
022-0993
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
102861262
Principal Investigator
 Yihong Chen
 Research Scientist II
 (512) 996-8833
 yihong.chen@eomegaoptics.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Chen
Title: President
Phone: (512) 633-6934
Email: kenneth.chen@eomegaoptics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"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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