Tunable Wide-Dynamic-Range Polarization-Insensitive Digital Wavelength Converter with Built-In-Test based on Novel Integrated Chip in Ruggedized Modul

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0305
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-012-0055
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T012
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
OPTONET
828 Davis Street, Suite 206, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 141545447
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jing Ma
 Vice President
 (847) 425-7585
 jma@optonetinc.com
Business Contact
 Jing Ma
Title: Vice President
Phone: (847) 425-7585
Email: jma@optonetinc.com
Research Institution
 NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
 Charlotte Newman
 633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL, 60208-1110
 (847) 491-2103
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The proposed project will undertake the research, design, and development of key concepts and technologies for tunable wide-dynamic-range polarization-insensitive digital wavelength converter with built-in-test based on novel integrated chip in ruggedized module for civilian and military DWDM optical networks. This project is proposed by a strong multidisciplinary team of industry and academic researchers, including device design and packaging experts from OptoNet Inc. and device physics and fabrication experts from the Northwestern University. Phase I will focus on systematic design and feasibility studies of the proposed tunable wavelength converter to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the proposed technology. The feasibility will lay the ground work for Phase II. The proposed wavelength converter module will have the following attractiveness: (1) Orders of magnitude lower power consumption than the typical SOA wavelength converters. (2) Operation with large input signal dynamic range of >20dB without feedback control. (3) Module packaging in low profile module of <5mm. (4) Module packaging in a temperature-controlled module with wide operating temperature range of -40C to 100C. (5) Better polarization insensitive operation. (6)High operating speed of >100Gbit/s possible.

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