Fusion Science and Technology; Diagnostics for Magnetic Fusion Plasma Research

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER84923
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
82552
Solicitation Topic Code:
53
Small Business Information
Virginia Diodes, Inc.
979 Second Street SE, Suite 309, Charlottesville, VA, 22902
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
788159445
Principal Investigator
 David Porterfield
 Dr
 (434) 297-3257
 Porterfield@VADiodes.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Crowe
Title: Dr
Phone: (434) 297-3257
Email: Crowe@VADiodes.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The primary obstacle to greater scientific and commercial exploitation of the terahertz frequency band (spanning from about 100 GHz through 10 THz) is the lack of sources that generate sufficient power, are frequency tunable, and are sufficiently reliable, compact, and affordable. This project will develop and demonstrate all-solid-state millimeter-wave sources for the Low Field Side Reflectometer on ITER, a major international program to demonstrate the feasibility of power generation by nuclear fusion. These new sources will be based on a proprietary integrated diode circuit technology, and will achieve fundamentally improved output power and tuning bandwidth. Innovations will include the use of new circuit designs, materials to improve power handling, and feedback control to improve frequency agility without degrading output power. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new sources should become the driver modules that will create fundamentally improved sources throughout the entire terahertz frequency band. In addition to the fusion application, the new sources should be immediately useful for a wide range of scientific applications, as well as for a growing array of emerging commercial applications for millimeter wave technology.

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