Novel Photonic RF Spectrometer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CD91P
Agency Tracking Number: 084475
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: S1.04
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Spectrum Magnetics, LLC
5 Innovation way, Newark, DE, 19711-5459
Duns: 361961126
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hao Zhu
 Principal Investigator
 (302) 292-1612
 hzhu@spectrum-magnetics.com
Business Contact
 Jianrong Lin
Title: President
Phone: (302) 379-9808
Email: jrlin@spectrum-magnetics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Leveraging on recent breakthroughs in broadband photonic devices and components for RF and microwave applications, SML proposes a new type of broadband microwave spectrometer with performance and affordability that were not attainable before. The photonic microwave spectrometer overcomes the constrains associated with microwave electronics, linearly and simultaneously offering 6-18 GHz (potentially up to 100 GHz) bandwidth, high resolution of sub-hundred MHz, and huge numbers of channels (hundreds to 1024 channels). The devices and components used in the proposed novel spectrometer are commercial off-the-shelf. Our miniature low cost design is well suited for the spectrum monitor and sensor requirement for a wide range of NASA, military and commercial applications. Our unconventional flight qualifiable approach eliminates the need for frequency down-converter, moving components, local oscillator, and has intrinsically temperature independent operation. In Phase I, SML will test an evaluation prototype to demonstrate the proposed novel RF/microwave spectrometer based on high performance components and build a system model to simulate and verify spectrometer's design and performance.

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