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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-06-C-0194
Agency Tracking Number: F041-019-2991
Amount: $2,252,630.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-019
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
PO Box 10779, Zephyr Cove, NV, 89448
DUNS: 161162896
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Julian Cheng
 Vice President & Dir of E
 (775) 588-4176
Business Contact
 Peter Guilfoyle
Title: CEO
Phone: (775) 588-4176
Email: peter@opticomp.com
Research Institution
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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