Integrated Terahertz Transmit/Receive Modules

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAD19-01-C-0020
Award Id:
52732
Agency Tracking Number:
A002-0053
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8 Deepwater Point, Palmyra, VA, 22963
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
788159445
Principal Investigator:
David Porterfield
Dir. Source Development
(804) 923-0542
dwporterfield@earthlink.net
Business Contact:
Thomas Crowe
President
(804) 971-8756
TomVDI@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Terahertz frequency band, from roughly 300 GHz through 10 THz, is often sited as the most scientifically rich, yet unexplored region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The major problem that continues to forestall the full exploitation of the terahertzband is the lack of compact, reliable and cost efficient terahertz sources and receivers. Previous research has shown that GaAs diode technology can be used for terahertz frequency transmit/receive modules, but the cost is prohibitive, the reliability ispoor and the frequency agility is limited. This SBIR proposal promises a radically improved T/R architecture based on the integration of GaAs mesas and the associated embedding circuitry on low-loss dielectric substrates. Such integration is the key toimproving electrical performance and greatly increasing power handling, while also creating a compact, highly reliable, and manufacturable technology. Phase I will end with a clear demonstration of the potential of this technology. A successful Phase IIprogram will culminate in the demonstration of militarily practical T/R modules in the terahertz frequency band.The integration of terahertz technology is the key to opening this region of the electromagnetic spectrum to military and commercialapplications. Successful completion of this SBIR research program will lead to militarily practical Teraherz components. These will find immediate application in laboratories throughout the US and Europe that strive to investigate and develop terahertzscience, technology and applications. The military applications of this technology will include communications systems (ultra-secure, ultra-broadband, satellite), bio/chem threat detection, collision avoidance radars that penetrate smoke and fog, spacecommunications, compact range radars, fuses for smart munitions and medical diagnostics.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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