Novel Photonic RF Spectrometer

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CD91P
Agency Tracking Number:
084475
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Spectrum Magnetics, LLC
5 Innovation way, Newark, DE, 19711-5459
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
361961126
Principal Investigator:
Hao Zhu
Principal Investigator
(302) 292-1612
hzhu@spectrum-magnetics.com
Business Contact:
Jianrong Lin
President
(302) 379-9808
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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