High Power Optical Amplifiers and WDM Intelligent Optical Network Components for Multiband Inter-Satellite Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$2,252,630.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-06-C-0194
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-019-2991
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-019
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
OPTICOMP CORP.
PO Box 10779, Zephyr Cove, NV, 89448
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
161162896
Principal Investigator:
Julian Cheng
Vice President & Dir of E
(775) 588-4176
jcheng@opticomp.com
Business Contact:
Peter Guilfoyle
CEO
(775) 588-4176
peter@opticomp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase II SBIR Program will investigate and demonstrate the feasibility of extending OptiComp’s (OCC) intelligent distributed data communications architecture and optoelectronic (OE) interconnect technology to inter-satellite data communication systems. OCC’s proprietary optoelectronic interconnect technology provides multiband optical communication by integrating multi-wavelength VCSEL and resonance cavity photodetector arrays with shared optical waveguides, while in-line semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) are incorporated to provide either distributed optical gain within satellites or to provide output/input power amplification for intersatellite communication. Together they enable a seamless inter-satellite and intra-satellite optical network architecture that provides low-latency, fault-tolerant and protocol-independent switching between network nodes under distributed routing control. The new transmitter/receiver design will monolithically integrate high performance SOAs with OCC’s OE modules to boost the WDM signals before transmission or to pre-amplify them before photodetection. Optical amplification increases the system margin and compensates optical losses, thereby extending the number of nodes that can be interconnected without intermediate optical-to-electrical-to-optical conversion. The SOA can also provide sufficient optical amplification to transmit WDM optical signals facross much larger intersatellite link distances. Different SOA designs for both inter-satellite links and intra-satellite networks will be investigated.

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